Taxpayers face a number of issues due to critical tax law changes that took place in 2021 and ongoing challenges related to the pandemic. The IRS continues to share updated information for people now filing their 2021 tax returns and those planning for the 2022 return they will file next year, as well as anyone who has previous year tax returns awaiting processing by the IRS. This page will be updated with special alerts designed to help anyone whether they are now preparing their tax return or are awaiting processing of a return or refund and the latest updates on IRS letters, or notices. Newer updates will be placed at the top of this page; the IRS will also provide critical updates through social media. Updates June 30 update IRS expands voice bot options for faster service, less wait time The IRS has expanded voice bot options to help eligible taxpayers easily verify their identity to set up or modify a payment plan while avoiding long wait times. Eligible taxpayers who call the Automated Collection System (ACS) and Accounts Management toll-free lines and want to discuss payment plan options can authenticate or verify their identities through a personal identification number (PIN) creation process. Setting up a PIN is easy: Taxpayers will need their most recent IRS bill and some basic personal information to complete the process. June 22 update IRS statement on inventory The IRS is committed to having healthy inventories by the end of this year and continues to make strong progress handling unprocessed tax returns. This follows unprecedented actions taken by the agency, and these intensive efforts to help taxpayers will continue in the months ahead. The IRS announced yesterday that all processing on original, error-free individual tax returns filed in 2021 will be completed this week. IRS continues work on inventory of tax returns Following intensive work during the past several months, the IRS announced that processing on a key group of individual tax returns filed during 2021 will be completed by the end of this week. Due to issues related to the pandemic and staffing limitations, the IRS began 2022 with a larger than usual inventory of paper tax returns and correspondence filed during 2021. The IRS took a number of steps to address this, and the agency is on track to complete processing of originally filed Form 1040 (individual tax returns without errors) received in 2021 this week. June 9 update Increased mileage rate for remainder of 2022 The IRS announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final 6 months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes. For the final 6 months of 2022, the standard mileage rate for business travel will be 62.5 cents per mile, up 4 cents from the rate effective at the start of the year. The new rate for deductible medical or moving expenses (available for active-duty members of the military) will be 22 cents for the remainder of 2022, up 4 cents from the rate effective at the start of 2022. These new rates become effective July 1, 2022. The IRS provided legal guidance on the new rates in Announcement 2022-13. Beware of Dirty Dozen Tax Scams The Dirty Dozen represents the worst of the worst tax scams. Compiled annually, the Dirty Dozen lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter anytime but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire someone to help with their taxes. Don’t fall prey. June 3 update Don't wait to file: IRS encourages taxpayers to file electronically when ready The IRS is encouraging taxpayers who have yet to file their 2021 tax return – including those who requested an extension of time – to file a complete and accurate return electronically as early as possible once they have all their information together. There's no need to wait until the October deadline. Taxpayers who requested an extension have until October 17 this year to file their tax return. However, if a taxpayer has all the necessary information to file an accurate return, filing before summer vacation can be a win-win. Filing electronically as soon as possible can also help taxpayers who did not file an extension and missed the April deadline to avoid further penalties and interest if they owe taxes. IRS Hiring To boost its workforce and better help taxpayers and businesses, the IRS is hiring at several offices nationwide this summer. The IRS is hosting numerous virtual and in-person recruitment events each month. These information sessions and job fairs provide insight about the positions that are available. For more information and to register for an event, see IRS Events. May 27 update 2022 filing season update As the filing season concludes, the IRS has received more than 145 million individual income tax returns and processed more than 140 million returns. As of the week ending May 20, the IRS has issued more than 96 million refunds worth over $292 billion. The average refund is $3,039. Fiscal year 2021 Data Book describes agency's activities; IRS provides additional details on recent audit data The IRS has issued the Data Book detailing the agency's activities during fiscal year 2021 (October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021) as well as new information on recent audit data. In addition to describing work performed during the pandemic, the IRS Data Book for fiscal year 2021 comprises 33 tables describing a wide variety of IRS activities from returns processed, revenue collected, and refunds issued to the number of examinations conducted and the amount of additional tax recommended, as well as budget and personnel information. The Data Book provides point-in-time estimates of IRS activities as of September 2021. For additional context, the IRS also released a related, lengthier discussion on recent audit dataPDF. On July 1, interest rate rises to 5% Starting July 1, 2022, the IRS interest rate is 5% per year, compounded daily. In general, this is the rate that accrues, on or after July 1, on unpaid tax. It is also the rate we pay on refunds, typically where it takes longer than 45 days to process the return or refund claim. For further details on interest see Interest. May 13 update Update on 2020 information returns The IRS provided a statement about questions involving processing of 2020 information returns. Information returns are not tax returns, and they are documents submitted to the IRS by third-party payors, not taxpayers. Taxpayers or payers have not been -- and will not be -- subject to penalties resulting from this action. May 6 update IRS provides guidance for residents of Puerto Rico to claim the Child Tax Credit The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance for certain individuals in Puerto Rico on how to file and claim the Child Tax Credit payments that they are entitled to receive under the American Rescue Plan Act. Families who don't owe taxes to the IRS can file their 2021 tax return and claim the Child Tax Credit for the 2021 tax year at any point until April 15, 2025, without any penalty. April 4 update Temporary update to U.S. residency certification application process The IRS is temporarily changing its procedures for Form 8802, application for U.S. residency certification, for a two-year period. More information can be found at Temporary change in policy with respect to applications for U.S. residency certifications for a two-year period. March 22 update Electronically filed return rejected for a missing Form 8962 Tax year 2021 electronically filed tax returns will be rejected if the taxpayer is required to reconcile advance payments of the premium tax credit on Form 8962, Premium Tax Credit, but does not attach the form to the tax return. See How to correct an electronically filed return rejected for a missing Form 8962 for more information. March 15 update IRS alert for some farming and fishing businesses: The IRS is aware of a third-party software issue affecting qualifying farmers and fishermen attempting to electronically file Forms 7203. Due to these challenges, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued Notice 2022-33PDF, providing penalty relief for qualifying farmers and fishermen filing Forms 7203 if they electronically file their 2021 tax return and pay in full any tax due by April 18, 2022, or by April 19, 2022, for those qualifying farmers and fishermen who live in Maine or Massachusetts. Farmers and fishermen who filed their returns by the March 1 deadline are unaffected by this, as explained in this news release. March 10 update IRS unveils voice and chat bots The IRS unveils voice and chat bots to assist taxpayers with simple collection questions and tasks, providing faster service and cutting wait time. The IRS has deployed voice and chat bots in English and Spanish for phone lines that assist taxpayers with tax payments issues or understanding an IRS notice they may have received. The bots are now available and can help taxpayers with: How to make One-Time Payments; Answers to Frequently Asked Questions; and Collection Notice Clarification. Bots that can handle more complex chores are coming later this year. Learn more by consulting the news release. February 16 update IRS provides details on relief for Schedule K-2 and K-3 reporting: The IRS issued a news release and new frequently asked questions (FAQs) providing both general information and more details on the certain domestic partnerships and S corporations who qualify for the exception to 2021 reporting. For 2021, these qualifying domestic partnerships and S corporations will not have to file the new schedules. We are taking this step in response to feedback we received from the tax community and our stakeholders. The IRS will provide full details of this relief soon. February 14 update IRS suspends more than a dozen automated notices, including collection issues: As part of ongoing efforts to provide additional help for people during this period, the IRS has suspended automated collection notices normally issued when a taxpayer owes additional tax or has no record of filing a tax return. Note that many other IRS notices are statutorily required to be issued within a certain timeframe to be legally valid. The IRS encourages those who have a filing requirement and have yet to file a prior year tax return or to pay any tax due to promptly do so as interest and penalties will continue to accrue. Visit IRS.gov for payment options. For more information on suspended notices, see IR-2022-31, IRS continues work to help taxpayers; suspends mailing of additional letters. General information for the 2022 tax season April 18 tax deadline: Taxpayers who owe and missed the April 18 filing deadline should file now to limit penalties and interest. While taxpayers due a refund receive no penalty for filing late, those who owe and missed the deadline without requesting an extension should file quickly to limit penalties and interest. Families who don't owe taxes to the IRS can still file their 2021 tax return and claim the Child Tax Credit for the 2021 tax year at any point until April 15, 2025, without any penalty. This year also marks the first time in history that many families with children in Puerto Rico will be eligible to claim the Child Tax Credit, which has been expanded to provide up to $3,600 per child. Advance Child Tax Credit payments: People who received advance Child Tax Credit payments in 2021 need to ensure the amounts they've received are entered correctly on the 2021 tax return. Incorrect entries when reporting these payments mean the IRS will need to further review the tax return, creating an extensive delay. People can check the amount of their payments in their Online Account available on IRS.gov. The IRS also mailed letters to recipients about the advance Child Tax Credit payment amount. However, a limited group of taxpayers may receive a letter with the incorrect amount listed. More information about who might have received an incorrect letter can be found on our IRS Statement — Child Tax Credit Letters page. Recovery Rebate Credit (also called stimulus payments or Economic Impact Payments): All third-round Economic Impact Payments have been issued. People may claim any remaining stimulus payment they're entitled to on their 2021 tax return as part of the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit. People who are filing to get any remaining payment should ensure the amounts they've received are entered correctly on the tax return. Incorrect entries when reporting these payments mean the IRS will need to further review the tax return, creating an extensive delay. The IRS is mailing letters to payment recipients about the stimulus payments amounts they received. People can also check the amount of their payments in their Online Account available on IRS.gov. Filing if your 2020 tax return is still being processed: For people whose tax returns from 2020 have not yet been processed, they should still file their 2021 tax returns. Those filing electronically in this group need their Adjusted Gross Income, or AGI, from their most recent tax return when they file electronically. For those waiting on their 2020 tax return to be processed, make sure to enter $0 (zero dollars) for last year's AGI on the 2021 tax return. Visit Validating Your Electronically Filed Tax Return for more details. Status of IRS tax return inventory from prior years: COVID-19 continues to cause delays in the processing of some prior year tax returns and amended returns. Please visit our IRS Operations During COVID-19: Mission-critical functions continue page to find out the current status of the IRS inventory from prior years. Form 1099-INT: Taxpayers should report interest from unemployment refunds, other IRS payments as 2021 income. The IRS reminded taxpayers who received an interest payment for a tax-related issue in 2021 need to report it as income on their tax return. Under the law, interest income is taxable, and that includes payments from the IRS. During 2021, several groups of people could fall into this category. This includes people who received interest payments related to IRS refunds of taxes paid on unemployment income or people who received interest on a tax refund. Normally, the IRS is required to pay interest on a refund if the refund is issued after a statutory 45-day period. The IRS is sending a Form 1099-INT to anyone who receives interest totaling at least $10. The IRS reminds people to watch their mail for Forms 1099, not just from the IRS and other payers. Due to IRS mailing issues and other factors, taxpayers may continue to see these arrive in the mail through February.