National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 3: Choosing a special Identity Protection PIN adds extra safety for taxpayers

IR-2021-238, December 1, 2021 — As part of a wider effort to increase security, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers they can get extra protection starting in January by joining the agency’s Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) program. 

National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 2: Giving Tuesday reminder that scammers can use fake charities to get sensitive information 

IR-2021-237, November 30, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service and Security Summit partners today warned taxpayers to be wary of fake charities used by scammers to get money as well as sensitive financial and personal information from victims.

Taxpayer alert as holidays, tax season approach: Watch out for scams, protect financial information; National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 1 highlights important tips

IR-2021-236, November 29, 2021 — Kicking off a special week, the Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today warned taxpayers and tax professionals to beware of a dangerous combination of events that can increase their exposure to tax scams or identity theft.

Child Tax Credit payments: IRS online portal now available in Spanish; Nov. 29 is last day for families to opt out or make other changes

IR-2021-235, November 23, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service this week launched a new Spanish-language version of the Child Tax Credit Update Portal (CTC-UP).

Interest rates remain the same for the first quarter of 2022 

IR-2021-234, November 23, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2022.

Scam risks remain during pandemic; Security Summit focuses special week on taxpayer, tax professional protection against identity theft

IR-2021-233, November 19, 2021 — With the 2022 tax season and the holidays rapidly approaching, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the nation's tax industry today announced a special week focusing attention on taxpayers protecting sensitive financial information against identity thieves.

IRS Criminal Investigation releases annual report highlighting 2,500+ investigations, law enforcement partnerships

IR-2021-232, November 18, 2021 — Over 2,500 criminal investigations, the identification of more than $10 billion from tax fraud and financial crimes, and a nearly 90% conviction rate are just a few highlights from the IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report. 

IRS provides answers to states and local governments on taxability and reporting of payments from Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds

IR-2021-231, November 17, 2021 — IRS provides answers to states and local governments on taxability and reporting of payments from Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds.

IRS: All of Mississippi now qualifies for expanded Hurricane Ida relief; Sept. 15, Oct. 15 deadlines, other dates extended to Jan. 3 

IR-2021-230, November 17, 2021 — Victims of Hurricane Ida throughout Mississippi now have additional time – until January 3, 2022 – to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS offers how-to videos to help taxpayers apply for Offers in Compromise and avoid scams

IR-2021-229, November 17, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today unveiled a new how-to video series enabling taxpayers to avoid potential scams by considering and applying for an Offer in Compromise (OIC) themselves and avoid paying excessive fees to companies advertising outlandish claims.

IRS unveils new online identity verification process for accessing self-help tools

IR-2021-228, November 17, 2021 — The IRS today announced the launch of an improved identity verification and sign-in process that enables more people to securely access and use IRS online tools and applications.

IRS Advisory Council issues 2021 Annual Report

IR-2021-227, November 17, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) today issued its annual report for 2021, including recommendations to the IRS on new and continuing issues in tax administration.

Tax professionals can now order more transcripts from the IRS

IR-2021-226, November 16, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that, effective Nov. 15, 2021, tax professionals are able to order up to 30 Transcript Delivery System (TDS) transcripts per client through the Practitioner Priority Service® line.

IRS provides guidance on per diem rates and the temporary 100% deduction for food or beverages from restaurants

IR-2021-225, November 16, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued Notice 2021-63 to make clear how the temporary 100% business deduction for food or beverages from restaurants applies to taxpayers properly applying the rules of Revenue Procedure 2019-48 for using per diem rates. 

More California wildfire relief from IRS: Sept. 15, Oct. 15 deadlines, other dates further extended to Jan. 3 for certain areas

IR-2021-224, November 15, 2021 — Wildfire victims in parts of California now have until January 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. 

IRS announces new online tool to help U.S. withholding agents validate their 1042-S data prior to filing

IR-2021-223, November 15, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today launched a new online tool designed to help U.S. withholding agents comply with their reporting and withholding responsibilities with respect to IRS Form 1042-S, Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding.

IRS: Families will soon receive November advance Child Tax Credit payments; time running out to sign up online to get an advance payment in December

IR-2021-222, November 12, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced today that millions of American families will soon receive their advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) payment for the month of November. Low-income families who are not getting payments and have not filed a tax return can still get one, but they must sign up on IRS.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Monday, Nov. 15.

IRS updates FAQs for 2020 Unemployment Compensation Exclusion 

IR-2021-221, November 12, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today updated its frequently-asked-questions (FAQs) on 2020 Unemployment Compensation Exclusion.

IRS Financial Report available on IRS.gov

IR-2021-220, November 10, 2021 – The Internal Revenue Service published its Financial Report on IRS.gov today. This new report provides the American people with a comprehensive view of the IRS’s financial activities as well as the accomplishments of its finance management community.

IRS provides tax inflation adjustments for tax year 2022

IR-2021-219, November 10, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the tax year 2022 annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2021-45 provides details about these annual adjustments.

IRS updates 2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments Frequently Asked Questions

IR-2021-218, November 9, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today updated frequently-asked-questions (FAQs) for the 2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments to describe how taxpayers can now provide the IRS an estimate of your 2021 income using the Child Tax Credit Update Portal (CTC UP).

Get ready for taxes: Easy steps taxpayers can take now to make tax filing easier in 2022

IR-2021-217, November 8, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers, including those who received stimulus payments or advance Child Tax Credit payments, to take important steps this fall to help them file their federal tax returns in 2022.

IRS announces 401(k) limit increases to $20,500

IR-2021-216, November 4, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the amount individuals can contribute to their 401(k) plans in 2022 has increased to $20,500, up from $19,500 for 2021 and 2020.

IRS releases reporting guidance for partnership interests held in connection with the performance of services

IR-2021-215, November 3, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today posted detailed reporting directions for certain passthrough entities and taxpayers reporting of partnership interests held in connection with the performance of services, often referred to as “carried interests,” in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Year-end giving reminder: Special tax deduction helps most people give up to $600 to charity, even if they don’t itemize 

IR-2021-214, November 3, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that a special tax provision will allow more Americans to easily deduct up to $600 in donations to qualifying charities on their 2021 federal income tax return.

More Ida relief from IRS: Sept. 15, Oct. 15 deadlines, other dates extended to Jan. 3 for parts of Connecticut

IR-2021-213, November 3, 2021 — Victims of Hurricane Ida in parts of Connecticut now have until January 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS issues another 430,000 refunds for adjustments related to unemployment compensation

IR-2021-212, November 1, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service recently sent approximately 430,000 refunds totaling more than $510 million to taxpayers who paid taxes on unemployment compensation excluded from income for tax year 2020. 

Child Tax Credit: Families with income changes must enter them in IRS online portal on Monday to impact Nov. 15 payment; Spanish version coming in late November

IR-2021-211, October 29, 2021 — On Monday, November 1, the Internal Revenue Service will launch a new feature allowing any family receiving monthly Child Tax Credit payments to update their income using the Child Tax Credit Update Portal (CTC UP), found exclusively on IRS.gov.

Additional Hurricane Ida relief from IRS: Sept. 15, Oct. 15 deadlines, other dates further extended to Jan. 3 for parts of Mississippi; Nov. 1 deadline still applies to the rest of the state

IR-2021-210, October 27, 2021 — Victims of Hurricane Ida in parts of Mississippi now have additional time – until January 3, 2022 – to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS, Security Summit partners remind families to make online safety a priority during National Cybersecurity Month

IR-2021-209, October 22, 2021 — The IRS today reminded families, teens and senior citizens about the continued importance of protecting personal and financial information online.

COVID relief: IRS helps employers wanting to rehire retirees or retain employees after retirement age

IR-2021-208, October 22, 2021 — To help address COVID-related labor shortages, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded employers that they generally will not jeopardize the tax status of their pension plans if they rehire retirees or permit distributions of retirement benefits to current employees who have reached age 59 ½ or the plan’s normal retirement age.

IRS reminds tax professionals that it’s time to renew PTINs

IR-2021-207, October 21, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds the more than 759,000 federal tax return preparers they must renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) now for 2022. All current PTINs will expire December 31, 2021.

IRS reminds employers to e-file payroll tax returns timely

IR-2021-206, October 20, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded employers that the next quarterly payroll tax return is due November 1, 2021. 

IRS joins international organizations in fighting charity fraud during special awareness week

IR-2021-205, October 18, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service is joining international organizations and other regulators in highlighting Charity Fraud Awareness Week, October 18-22.

IRS extends videoconferencing to large business taxpayers

IR-2021-204, October 18, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that beginning October 18, the IRS’s large business division will accept all taxpayer requests to meet with IRS employees using secure videoconferencing.

IRS sets forth required information for a valid research credit claim for refund 

IR-2021-203, October 15, 2021 — The IRS has set forth the information that taxpayers will be required to include for a research credit claim for refund to be considered valid. 

IRS updates process for frequently asked questions on new tax legislation and addresses reliance concerns

IR-2021-202, October 15, 2021 — Today, the Internal Revenue Service is updating its process for certain frequently asked questions (FAQs) on newly enacted tax legislation. 

IRS: Families now receiving October Child Tax Credit payments; still time for eligible families to sign up for advance payments

IR-2021-201, October 15, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced today that millions of American families are now receiving their advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) payment for the month of October.

IRS announces 2022 Tax Counseling for the Elderly and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Grants

IR 2021-200, October 12, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service recently awarded over $41 million in Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grants to organizations that provide free federal tax return preparation.

Give tax withholding a fresh look as 2021 year-end nears

IR-2021-199, October 8, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers today that the last quarter of 2021 is a good time to check withholding. 

IRS Free File program available through Oct. 15

IR-2021-198, October 5, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that Free File remains available through Oct. 15 for those taxpayers who still need to file their 2020 tax returns. 

IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online launches 18 new seminars

IR-2021-197, October 4, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that 18 new self-study seminars are available through the IRS Nationwide Tax Forums Online. 

Oct. 15 FBAR extension deadline nears for foreign bank and financial account holders

IR-2021-196, October 1, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds U.S. citizens, resident aliens and any domestic legal entity that the extension deadline to file their annual Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) is Oct. 15, 2021.

IRS selects seven new members for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee

IR-2021-195, September 28, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service has selected seven new members for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC).

Starting Oct. 28, new $67 user fee applies to estate tax closing letters; IRS reminds executors of free transcript option

IR-2021-194, September 27, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that starting Oct. 28, a new $67 user fee will apply to any estate that requests a closing letter for its federal estate tax return.

IRS: Drought-stricken farmers and ranchers have more time to replace livestock

IR-2021-193, September 24, 2021 — Farmers and ranchers who were forced to sell livestock due to drought may have an additional year to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS launches new webpage to assist taxpayers with refunds subject to Joint Committee on Taxation review

IR-2021-192, September 22, 2021 — The IRS today introduced a new webpage that provides information to taxpayers whose large refunds are subject to further review by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT or Joint Committee).

IRS: New contracts awarded to private collection agencies; taxpayers may be contacted by one of three groups

IR-2021-191, September 22, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service has awarded new contracts to three private-sector collection agencies for collection of overdue tax debts.

Expanded tax benefits help individuals and businesses give to charity during 2021; deductions up to $600 available for cash donations by non-itemizers 

IR-2021-190, September 17, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today explained how expanded tax benefits can help both individuals and businesses give to charity before the end of this year.

Oct. 15 deadline approaches for taxpayers who requested extensions to file 2020 tax returns

IR-2021-189, September 16, 2021 — The IRS today reminds taxpayers about the upcoming October 15 due date to file 2020 tax returns. 

IRS: Families now receiving September Child Tax Credit payments

IR-2021-188, September 15, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced today that millions of American families are now receiving their advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) payment for the month of September.

IRS extends dyed diesel fuel penalty relief in Louisiana due to Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas

IR-2021-187, September 15, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service, in response to the continued shortages of undyed diesel fuel caused by Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas, will extend the penalty relief provided in IR-2021-176 when dyed diesel fuel is sold or used on the highway.

IRS reminds business owners to correctly identify workers as employees or independent contractors

IR-2021-186, September 15, 2021 — During National Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service reminds business owners that it’s critical to correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors.

New mailing address for some Western states as Fresno, California, paper tax return processing center closes

IR-2021-185, September 14, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service will close its paper return processing center in Fresno, California, permanently at the end of September this year. 

Renewed tax credit can help employers hire workers; key certification requirement applies

IR-2021-184, September 14, 2021 — With many businesses facing a tight job market, the Internal Revenue Service reminds employers to check out a valuable tax credit available to them for hiring long-term unemployment recipients and other groups of workers facing significant barriers to employment.

IRS: Tax relief now available to Ida victims in Pennsylvania; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Jan. 3

IR-2021-183, September 13, 2021 — Victims of Hurricane Ida in parts of Pennsylvania now have until Jan. 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS recognizes Small Business Week: Resources available to help employers

IR-2021-182, September 13, 2021 — During National Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service wants small business owners to know that information and resources to help them understand and meet their tax obligations are available free at IRS.gov.

IRS: Cost of home testing for COVID-19 is eligible medical expense; reimbursable under FSAs, HSAs

IR-2021-181, September 10, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers today that the cost of home testing for COVID-19 is an eligible medical expense that can be paid or reimbursed under health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), or Archer medical savings accounts (Archer MSAs).  

IRS: Hurricane Ida victims in Mississippi now eligible for tax relief; October 15 deadline, other dates extended to November 1

IR-2021-180, September 9, 2021 — Victims of Hurricane Ida in parts of Mississippi now have until November 1, 2021, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS: Tax relief now available to Ida victims in New York and New Jersey; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Jan. 3

IR-2021-179, September 8, 2021 — Victims of Hurricane Ida in parts of New York and New Jersey now have until January 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

Treasury, IRS issue guidance for 2021 on reporting qualified sick and family leave wages

IR-2021-178, September 7, 2021 — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today issued Notice 2021-53, which provides guidance to employers about reporting on Form W-2 the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees for leave taken in 2021. 

IRS: Deadline for third quarter estimated tax payments is Sept. 15

IR-2021-177, September 7, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds people that September 15, 2021, is the deadline for third quarter estimated tax payments. 

IRS grants dyed diesel fuel penalty relief in Louisiana due to Hurricane Ida

IR-2021-176, September 1, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service, in response to shortages of undyed diesel fuel caused by Hurricane Ida, will not impose a penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway for a number of parishes in the state of Louisiana.

IRS: Tax relief now available to victims of Hurricane Ida; Oct. 15 deadline, other dates extended to Jan. 3

IR-2021-175, August 31, 2021 — Victims of Hurricane Ida that began on August 26 now have until January 3, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

September is National Preparedness Month; IRS urges taxpayers to prepare for natural disasters

IR-2021-174, August 30, 2021 — September is National Preparedness Month. With the height of hurricane season fast approaching and the ongoing threat of wildfires in some parts of the country, the Internal Revenue Service reminds everyone to develop an emergency preparedness plan. 

Interest rates remain the same for the fourth quarter 2021

IR-2021-173, August 25, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning October 1, 2021. 

IRS accepting applicants for the Compliance Assurance Process for 2022

IR-2021-172, August 23, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today the opening of the application period for the 2022 Compliance Assurance Process (CAP) program.

Child Tax Credit: New update address feature available with IRS online portal; make other changes by August 30 for September payment

IR-2021-171, August 20, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new feature allowing any family receiving monthly Child Tax Credit payments to quickly and easily update their mailing address using the Child Tax Credit Update Portal, found exclusively on IRS.gov. This feature will help any family that chooses to receive their payment by paper check avoid mailing delays or even having a check returned as undeliverable.

Security Summit warns tax pros to watch for tell-tale signs of identity theft

IR-2021-170, August 17, 2021 — With identity thieves continuing to target the tax community, Internal Revenue Service Security Summit partners today urged tax professionals to learn the signs of data theft so they can react quickly to protect clients.

IRS: Families now receiving August Child Tax Credit payments; still time for low-income families to sign up 

IR-2021-169, August 13, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced today that millions of American families are now receiving their advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) payment for the month of August as direct deposits begin posting in bank accounts and checks arrive in mailboxes.

IRS provides relief for certain employers claiming the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

IR-2021-168, August 10, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced it is providing transition relief to certain employers claiming the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).  

Treasury, IRS provide gross receipts safe harbor for employers claiming the Employee Retention Credit

IR-2021-167, August 10, 2021 — The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued a safe harbor allowing employers to exclude certain items from their gross receipts solely for determining eligibility for the Employee Retention Credit (ERC).

Security Summit warns tax pros to be wary of pandemic-related email schemes

IR-2021-166, August 10, 2021 — In a continuing twist on a common scam, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and tax industry today warned tax professionals to beware of evolving phishing scams that use various pandemic-related themes to steal client data.

Treasury, IRS provide additional guidance to employers claiming the employee retention credit, including for the third and fourth quarters of 2021

IR-2021-165, August 4, 2021 — The Treasury Department and the IRS today issued further guidance on the employee retention credit, including guidance for employers who pay qualified wages after June 30, 2021, and before January 1, 2022, and additional guidance on miscellaneous issues that apply to the employee retention credit in both 2020 and 2021. 

IRS reminds heavy vehicle owners of August 31 highway use tax return deadline 

IR-2021-164, August 4, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds those who have registered, or are required to register, large trucks and buses that it’s time to file Tax Year 2021 Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return. The deadline to file and pay is August 31, 2021, for vehicles used on the road during July 2021.

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