LB&I Announces Large Corporate Compliance Program

IR-2019-95, May 16, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced a key advancement in how it identifies its biggest and most complex large corporations.

IRS seeks grant applications for Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program

IR-2019-94, May 16, 2019 – The Internal Revenue Service is now accepting applications for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) grant program.

IRS statement and instructions regarding recent software outage

May 14, 2019 — The IRS has been working closely with CCH to ease the impact on taxpayers caused by their recent software outage.

IRS highlights credits and deductions for businesses during Small Business Week

IR-2019-93, May 10, 2019 — During Small Business Week, the IRS reminds small business owners and self-employed individuals to take deductions and credits that will help their bottom line.

During Small Business Week, IRS spotlights expanded tax benefits for depreciation and expensing

IR-2019-92, May 9, 2019 — During Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service is highlighting tax reform changes that impact depreciation and expensing for nearly every business.

During Small Business Week, IRS urges businesses to make estimated tax payments so they don’t owe

IR-2019-91, May 8, 2019 — As part of Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds small business owners and self-employed people that they can avoid a surprise tax bill and possibly a penalty by making estimated tax payments during the year.

Many tax-exempt organizations have until May 15 to file information returns; IRS warns against including personal data

IR-2019-90, May 7, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service reminded certain tax-exempt organizations that Wednesday, May 15, 2019, is the filing deadline for Form 990-series information returns.

New requirement applies to any business seeking a tax ID number; IRS offers data security tips during National Small Business Week

IR-2019-89, May 7, 2019 — During National Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service wants small business taxpayers and the self-employed to know that, starting May 13, an important change will affect the way it issues employer identification numbers, or EINs.

For Small Business Week: Backup withholding rate now 24 percent, bonuses 22 percent; workers urged to do a Paycheck Checkup

IR-2019-88, May 6, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded small businesses that recent tax reform legislation lowered the backup withholding tax rate to 24 percent and the withholding rate that usually applies to bonuses and other supplemental wages to 22 percent. The agency also urged employers to encourage their employees to check their withholding using the IRS Withholding Calculator.

IRS promotes disaster readiness and Hurricane Preparedness Week

IR-2019-87, May 3, 2019 — Disasters can happen at any time, and the Internal Revenue Service is encouraging taxpayers to be prepared for the unexpected.

IRS seeks nominations for Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council through June 10

IR-2019-86, May 2, 2019 — The IRS is now accepting applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC).

IRS urges data security, paying estimated taxes; highlights tax benefits, online resources during Small Business Week

IR-2019-85, May 2, 2019 — In support of National Small Business Week, May 5-11, the Internal Revenue Service is emphasizing the many IRS online resources available to help small business owners and self-employed individuals handle the tax aspects of their business.

IRS expands retirement plan Determination Letter Program and Self- Correction Program

IR-2019-84, May 1, 2019 — The IRS today announced the expansion of areas for issuing determination letters for certain retirement plans.

IRS accepting applications for 2020 grants for low income taxpayer clinics

IR-2019-83, May 1, 2019 — The IRS today announced that the application period for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grants for calendar year 2020 will run from May 1, 2019, to June 17, 2019.

IRS announces selection of new special counsel to the Chief Counsel

IR-2019-82, April 30, 2019 — The IRS’s Chief Counsel today announced the appointment of Monte A. Jackel to the position of special counsel to the Chief Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel.

For those who missed the tax-filing deadline, IRS says file now to avoid bigger bill

IR-2019-81, April 29, 2019 — While the federal income tax-filing deadline has passed for most people, there are some taxpayers who have not yet filed their tax returns.

Done with taxes this year? Use 2018 return to get 2019 withholding right

IR-2019-80, April 26, 2019 — Millions of taxpayers filed a 2018 tax return in the last few weeks, making now a prime time for everyone to consider whether their tax situation came out as they expected.

IRS announces new personnel selection for Office of Chief Counsel

IR-2019-79, April 25, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service’s Chief Counsel today announced the appointment of Peter Blessing to the position of Associate Chief Counsel, International, Office of Chief Counsel.

IRS seeks applications for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee through May 29

IR-2019-78, April 25, 2019 — The IRS is seeking qualified applicants for nomination to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC).

IRS announces multi-year plan to update, modernize IT systems; Effort focused on improved taxpayer services, expanded cybersecurity and taxpayer data protections

IR-2019-77, April 18, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service released today a six-year plan to modernize the agency’s Information Technology systems and improve a variety of taxpayer services critical to the nation’s tax system.

Cybersecurity, new tax law, top agenda at Nationwide Tax Forums; Tax Pros: Earn up to 19 Continuing Education Credits

IR-2019-76, April 17, 2019 — The IRS today announced the schedule of this summer’s Nationwide Tax Forums, held in five cities across the country.

IRS issues guidance relating to deferral of gains for investments in a qualified opportunity fund

IR-2019-75, April 17, 2019 –The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance providing additional details about investment in qualified opportunity zones.

IRS provides tips for last-minute filers; resources for extensions, payments and installment agreements

IR-2019-74, April 15, 2019 — As the tax-filing deadline fast approaches, the IRS is reminding taxpayers who have yet to file their tax returns that there are a variety of options to help them.

Some people get more time to file without asking; Anyone else can request an automatic extension

IR-2019-73, April 12, 2019 — Anyone can request an automatic tax-filing extension, but some people get extra time without asking, according to the IRS.

With tax-filing deadline nearing, IRS says about 50 million still need to file

IR-2019-72, April 12, 2019 — With the April tax-filing deadline just days away, the Internal Revenue Service reminds the 50 million taxpayers who have yet to file their tax returns that there are a variety of options to help them in the final days of tax-filing season.

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RS highlights importance of payroll tax compliance in two-week campaign focused on legal actions, education visits

IR-2019-71, April 11, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the results of a national two-week education and enforcement campaign to combat employment tax crimes featuring visits to nearly 100 businesses showing signs of potential serious noncompliance and taking several dozen legal actions against suspected criminals.

IRS issues guidance providing safe harbor for trades of player and staff-member contracts and draft picks

IR-2019-70, April 11, 2019 –The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance today that provides a safe harbor allowing professional sports teams to treat certain player and staff-member contracts and draft picks as having a zero value for determining gain or loss to be recognizevd on the trade of a player or staff-member contract or a draft pick.

Taxpayers can get faster tax refunds with Direct Deposit

IR-2019-69, April 10, 2019 — With the tax deadline nearly here, the Internal Revenue Service encourages all taxpayers to join the 80 percent of filers who choose Direct Deposit to get their tax refund faster.

IRS now seeking volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

IR-2019-68, April 9, 2019 - The Internal Revenue Service today announced it seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). The TAP is a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies major taxpayer concerns and makes recommendations for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction.

IRS.gov: Best place to get last-minute tax tips and resources

IR-2019-67, April 9, 2019 – With just days remaining before the federal tax-filing deadline, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers they have a variety of options to get help preparing and filing their tax returns on IRS.gov.

IRS, Security Summit partners mark significant progress against identity theft; key taxpayer protection trends continue

IR-2019-66, April 8, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today announced new results from 2018 that show major progress in the fight against tax-related identity theft and added protection for thousands of taxpayers and billions of dollars.

IRS: Rushing to file taxes can result in errors, use e-file, file extension if needed

IR-2019-65, April 8, 2019 — As the April tax-filing deadline nears, many taxpayers may rush to finish their tax returns or find they need extra time to get them done.

Tax deadline approaches: IRS dispels five myths about tax refunds

IR-2019-64, April 5, 2019 ― As the April tax-filing deadline approaches, the Internal Revenue Service understands that taxpayers are anxious to get details about their tax refunds.

IRS reminds those with foreign assets of annual April 15 FBAR deadline

IR-2019-63, April 4, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those with dual citizenship, that if they have a foreign bank or financial account, April 15, 2019, is the deadline to file their annual Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

Estimated taxes form and publication can help people pay the right amount in 2019

IR-2019-62, April 3, 2019 – The Internal Revenue Service today reminded self-employed individuals, retirees, investors and others who pay their taxes quarterly that the first estimated tax payment for tax year 2019 is due Monday, April 15, 2019, for most taxpayers.

IRS offers webinar on the importance of filing on time

IR-2019-61, April 2, 2019 — The IRS is offering a free webinar focusing on the importance of filing a return on time, even if the tax due cannot be paid.

Tax Time Guide wrap-up: Tips on payment options, penalty waivers, refunds and more

IR-2019-60, April 2, 2019 — The IRS today urged taxpayers to file an accurate tax return on time, even if they owe but can’t pay in full.

With new SALT limit, IRS explains tax treatment of state and local tax refunds

IR-2019-59, March 29, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today clarified the tax treatment of state and local tax refunds arising from any year in which the new limit on the state and local tax (SALT) deduction is in effect.

IRS revises EIN application process; seeks to enhance security

IR-2019-58, March 27, 2019 — As part of its ongoing security review, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that starting May 13 only individuals with tax identification numbers may request an Employer Identification Number (EIN) as the “responsible party” on the application.

Plug-in electric vehicle manufacturer crosses 200,000 sold threshold; tax credit for eligible consumers begins phase down on April 1

IR-2019-57, March 26, 2019  — The IRS announced today that General Motors, LLC has sold more than 200,000 vehicles eligible for the plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credit during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Tax Time Guide: Tax help is just a click away on IRS.gov

IR-2019-56, March 26, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service reported that there were more than 585 million visits to IRS.gov by taxpayers finding answers to tax questions, e-filing tax returns and checking on their tax refunds in 2018.

IRS expands penalty waiver for those whose tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short in 2018; key threshold lowered to 80 percent

IR-2019-55, March 22, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today provided additional expanded penalty relief to taxpayers whose 2018 federal income tax withholding and estimated tax payments fell short of their total tax liability for the year.

IRS issues proposed regulations on new tax reform reporting requirements for life insurance contract transactions; New reporting forms available

IR-2019-54, March 22, 2019 –The Internal Revenue Service today issued proposed regulations on the new information reporting requirements for certain life insurance contracts under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

Tax Time Guide: Free tax return help available in-person and online

IR-2019-53, IR-2019-53, March 21, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that free tax help is available at over 11,000 volunteer sites nationwide and online through IRS Free File.

IRS offers free March 28 webinar: Understanding how to do a ‘Paycheck Checkup’

IR-2019-52, March 21, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service will provide a free online, web-based information session in two languages on Thursday, March 28, 2019, to help people understand how to do a ‘Paycheck Checkup.’

As the April tax deadline approaches, the IRS reminds members of the U. S. Armed Forces of special tax breaks, helpful resources

IR-2019-51, March 20, 2019 – The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged members of the military and their families to learn more about the special tax benefits available to them as the April 15 tax filing season deadline approaches.

IRS announces arrests and indictments after two-week campaign to fight refund fraud and identity theft

IR-2019-50, March 20, 2019 — The IRS today announced the results of a national two-week enforcement and education campaign to combat refund crimes and identity theft that resulted in numerous legal actions against suspected criminals and businesses committing these crimes.

IRS concludes "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for 2019: Agency encourages taxpayers to remain vigilant year-round

IR-2019-49, March 20, 2019  — The Internal Revenue Service today wrapped up issuing its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams.

Supplemental application period now open for LITC grants

IR-2019-48, March 19, 2019 — The IRS today announced it will accept applications for a partial-year LITC matching grant from qualified organizations.

Abusive tax shelters, trusts, conservation easements make IRS’ 2019 "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams to avoid

IR-2019-47, March 19, 2019 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to steer clear of abusive tax avoidance schemes and the unscrupulous individuals who promote them.

Tax Time Guide: Contribute to an IRA by April 15 to claim it on 2018 tax returns

IR-2019-46, March 19, 2019 — The IRS reminded taxpayers today that it’s not too late to contribute to an IRA and still claim it on a 2018 tax return.

Frivolous tax arguments remain on IRS’ "Dirty Dozen" scams list for 2019

IR-2019-45, March 18, 2019 — The IRS today issued a warning to taxpayers against using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying taxes.

IRS warns of new phone scam using Taxpayer Advocate Service numbers

IR-2019-44, March 15, 2019 — The IRS today warned the public about a new twist on the IRS impersonation phone scam whereby criminals fake calls from the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an independent organization within the IRS.

Failure to report offshore funds remains a crime; IRS includes topic on its 2019 "Dirty Dozen" scams list

IR-2019-43, March 15, 23019 — Hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains on the IRS's “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for 2019, the agency said today.

Avoid improper claims for business credits; topic makes this year’s IRS “Dirty Dozen” list

IR-2019-42, March 14, 2019 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to avoid improperly claiming various business tax credits, a common scam used by unscrupulous tax preparers.

Tax Time Guide: Protect personal, financial and tax information

IR-2019 -41, March 14, 2019 — The IRS today urged taxpayers to protect the security of their personal, financial and tax information.

Free File is growing: More people are filing their return for free

IR-2019-40, March 13, 2019 — More people are using the improved IRS Free File option to prepare and electronically file their returns for free, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS cautions taxpayers on scams involving disasters, charitable causes — 2019 "Dirty Dozen" list continues

IR-2019-39, March 13, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to be alert to scam groups masquerading as charitable organizations.

IRS: Refunds of $1.4 billion waiting to be claimed by individuals who have not filed federal income tax returns for 2015

IR-2019-38, March 13, 2019 ― Unclaimed income tax refunds totaling almost $1.4 billion may be waiting for an estimated 1.2 million taxpayers who did not file a 2015 Form 1040 federal income tax return, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Tax Time Guide: IRS urges taxpayers to check their tax withholding early in 2019; Paycheck Checkup can avoid problems next year

IR-2019-37, March 12, 2109 – The Internal Revenue Service today renewed its effort to encourage taxpayers to review their tax withholding using the IRS Withholding Calculator and make any needed adjustments early in 2019.

IRS’ 2019 "Dirty Dozen" tax scams list highlights inflating deductions, credits

IR-2019-36, March 12, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to avoid falsely inflating deductions or credits on tax returns as part of its 2019 list of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams.

Schemes involving falsifying income, creating bogus documents make IRS’ "Dirty Dozen" list for 2019

IR-2019-35, March 11, 2019 — The IRS today warned taxpayers to avoid schemes involving falsifying income, including the creation of bogus Forms 1099.

Tax Time Guide: IRS publication helps small businesses, self-employed understand what’s new for taxes

IR-2019-34, March 8, 2019 — The IRS wants business owners and the self-employed to know that a publication on IRS.gov has information they can use to learn which recent tax-law changes impact their bottom line.

IRS: Be on the lookout for promises of inflated tax refunds — 2019 IRS "Dirty Dozen" list continues

IR-2019-33, March 8, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers today to be alert to unscrupulous tax return preparers boasting of inflated tax refunds, a common scam tactic during filing season.

IRS: Choose tax preparers carefully; Tax return preparer fraud makes IRS’ 2019 "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams

IR-2019-32, March 7, 2019 — The IRS today included tax return preparer fraud on its "Dirty Dozen" list of common tax scams for 2019 and offered tips to help taxpayers avoid unscrupulous tax preparers.

IRS extends April 15, other upcoming deadlines for Alabama storm victims, provides other tax relief

IR-2019-31, March 7, 2019 — Victims of Sunday’s tornadoes and severe storms in Alabama have until July 31, 2019, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the IRS announced today.

Identity theft remains on IRS’ "Dirty Dozen" list despite progress

IR-2019-30, March 6, 2019 — Despite a steep drop in tax-related identity theft in recent years, the Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers that the scam remains serious enough to earn a spot on the agency’s 2019 “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams.

Tax Time Guide: Seniors who turned 70½ last year must start receiving retirement plan payments by April 1

IR-2019-29, March 5, 2019 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that, in most cases, Monday, April 1, 2019, is the date by which persons who turned age 70½ during 2018 must begin receiving payments from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and workplace retirement plans.

IRS: Be vigilant against phone scams; Annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ list continues

IR-2019-28, March 5, 2019 — As the April filing deadline approaches, the IRS today warned taxpayers to be alert to tax time phone scams where aggressive criminals pose as IRS agents in hopes of stealing money or personal information.

IRS issues proposed regulations on deduction for foreign-derived intangible income and global intangible low-taxed income

IR-2019-27, March 5, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations under section 250 of the Internal Revenue Code, which offers domestic corporations deductions for foreign-derived intangible income (FDII) and global intangible low-taxed income.

IRS kicks off annual list of most prevalent tax scams: Agency warns taxpayers of pervasive phishing schemes in its ‘Dirty Dozen’ campaign

IR-2019-26, March 4, 2019 — Kicking off the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, the Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers of the ongoing threat of internet phishing scams that lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.

Tax Time Guide: ‘Where’s My Refund?’ remains easiest way to check tax refund status

IR-2019-25, February 28, 2019 — The IRS today reminds taxpayers that the easiest way to check on a tax refund is “Where’s My Refund?,” an online tool available at IRS.gov and through the IRS2Go app.

IRS waives estimated tax penalty for farmers, fishermen who file returns and pay tax by April 15

IR-2019-24, February 28, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service will waive the estimated tax penalty for any qualifying farmer or fisherman who files his or her 2018 federal income tax return and pays any tax due by Monday, April 15, 2019.

Individuals who need passports for imminent travel should contact IRS promptly to resolve tax debt

IR-2019-23, February 27, 2019 ― The IRS today reiterated its warning that taxpayers may not be able to renew a current passport or obtain a new passport if they owe federal taxes.

Tax Time Guide: Most people affected by major tax reform changes; Special publication, other online resources can help

IR-2019-22, February 26, 2019 — With major tax law changes impacting every taxpayer, the Internal Revenue Service has developed a special electronic publication and other online resources designed to help people understand how tax reform affects them this year and the years ahead.

Interest rates remain the same for the second quarter of 2019

IR-2019-21, February 25, 2019  — The IRS today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2019, as they were in the first quarter of 2019.

IRS urges businesses to e-file cash transaction reports; It’s fast, easy and free

IR-2019-20, February 21, 2019 — The IRS today urged businesses required to file reports of large cash transactions to take advantage of the speed and convenience of filing these reports electronically.

Farmers, fishermen face March 1 tax deadline; IRS encourages convenience of IRS Direct Pay

IR-2019-19, February 19, 2019 — The IRS reminds farmers and fishermen who chose to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments that they must file their 2018 Form 1040 along with a payment for all taxes owed by Friday, March 1, 2019.

Avoid the rush: Today marks busiest phone day of the year; check IRS.gov for answers to tax questions

IR-2019-18, February 19, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service alerted taxpayers that today, the day after Presidents Day, marks the busiest period for calls to its toll-free help line.

Avoid the rush: Get a tax transcript online

IR-2019-17, February 15, 2019  — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers who need their prior-year tax records to either complete their 2018 tax return or to validate their income can use Get Transcript Online or Get Transcript by Mail.

Avoid the rush: Be prepared to validate identity if contacting the IRS

IR-2019-16, February 14, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers and tax professionals that they will be asked to verify their identities if they call the IRS.

IRS provides various payment options for taxpayers who owe but can’t pay in full

IR-2019-15, February 13, 2019 ― As the 2019 tax filing season gets into full swing, the IRS reminds taxpayers who owe of the many easy payment options.

IRS provides a safe harbor method of accounting for passenger automobiles that qualify for the 100-percent additional first year depreciation

IR-2019-14, February 13, 2019 –The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance today that provides a safe harbor method for determining depreciation deductions for passenger automobiles that qualify for the 100-percent additional first year depreciation deduction and that are subject to the depreciation limitations for passenger automobiles. 

Avoid the rush: Pay taxes owed online or set up a payment plan

IR-2019-13, February 13, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers who may unexpectedly owe additional tax that there are many online options for payment as well as online options for applying for a payment plan for those who can not pay in full.

Avoid the rush: Fastest way to check tax refund is ‘Where’s My Refund?’ tool at IRS.gov
IR-2019-12, February 12, 2019 — Offering time-saving alternatives to a telephone call, the IRS reminds taxpayers they can get fast answers to their refund questions by using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool available on IRS.gov and through the IRS2Go app.

National Taxpayer Advocate delivers annual report to Congress: Addresses impact of shutdown; urges more funding for IT modernization

IR-2019-11, February 12, 2019 — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2018 Annual Report to Congress, describing challenges the IRS is facing as a result of the recent government shutdown and recommending that Congress provide the IRS with additional multi-year funding to replace its core 1960s-era information technology (IT) systems.

Avoid the rush over Presidents Day holiday; online tools, resources can help

IR-2019-10, February 11, 2019 — With a new tax law in effect and a surge of tax returns expected during the Presidents Day weekend, the IRS is offering taxpayers several tips and various time-saving resources to get them the help they need quickly and easily.

IRS: Don’t be victim to a ‘ghost’ tax return preparer

IR-2019-09, February 7, 2019 – Today, towards the end of the second full week of the 2019 tax filing season, the IRS warned taxpayers to avoid unethical tax return preparers, known as ghost preparers.

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