Below are the web versions of our Statements and Announcements from 2006 through 2017. The most recent statements and announcements may be found in our IRS Statements and Announcements page. 2019 IRS Statement - Delegation Order October 25, 2019 — In a delegation order released today, the IRS Commissioner delegated authority regarding denials of requests to go to Appeals, to officials in the Office of Chief Counsel. Update on Passport Certifications and Taxpayer Advocate Service October 16, 2019 — To help support fairness and integrity in the tax system, the Internal Revenue Service has made a change in how it handles passport certifications for people with significant tax debt. IRS Statement on Free File Program October 11, 2019 — IRS commissions MITRE assessment of the Free File Program to address recent concerns raised about the Free File Alliance. IRS Statement on draft 2020 Form W-4 May 31, 2019 — Following feedback from the payroll and tax communities, the IRS issued an early draft of the 2020 W-4 for public comment. 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 statement on the National Taxpayer Advocate position May 13, 2019 — As the process to select the next National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) begins, the IRS is seeking candidates from the tax community who might be interested in the position. IRS Activities Following the Shutdown January 29, 2019 — The IRS has reopened following the end of the government shutdown, and IRS employees are working hard to resume normal operations and help taxpayers as much as possible. IRS Update on Shutdown Impact on Tax Court Cases; Important Information for Taxpayers, Tax Professionals with Pending Cases January 25, 2019 — The United States Tax Court’s website announced that the Tax Court shut down operations on Friday, December 28, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain closed until further notice. The IRS reminds taxpayers and tax professionals the Tax Court website is the best place to get information about a pending case. IRS operations during the appropriations lapse January 15, 2019 — Due to the lapse in appropriations, most IRS operations are closed during the shutdown. An IRS-wide furlough began on December 22, 2018, that affects many operations. IRS Statement - IRS reopens IVES, some fee-based programs January 9, 2019 — Following an extensive review, the IRS began processing requests on Jan. 7 for transcript information made through the Income Verification Express Service (IVES) program. 2018 IRS Statement on Form W-4 September 20, 2018 — Following feedback from the payroll and tax communities, the Treasury Department and the IRS will incorporate important changes into a new version of the Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, for 2020. IRS Statement on Retroactive Extender Provisions Feb. 9, 2018 — Review IRS updates on retroactive extender provisions. IRS Statements – Withholding for 2018 Find IRS statements on 2018 tax withholding tables. 2017 IRS Statement - Secure Access December 8, 2017 — IRS announced that taxpayers may resume creating new accounts protected by Secure Access authentication. IRS Statement on 2018 Filing Season Start Date November 3, 2017 — IRS reminds taxpayers that no start date has been set for the 2018 tax season. Speculation about January start dates is premature. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) Statement about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) March 30, 2017 — The IRS Data Retrieval Tool on fafsa.gov and StudentLoans.gov remains unavailable. IRS and U.S. Department of Education Office of FSA Statement about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool March 9, 2017 — The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is currently unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. 2016 IRS Statement on "Get an IP PIN" Tool July 19, 2016 — The IRS today announced that the “Get an IP PIN” tool has returned to IRS.gov with a stronger authentication process to help protect taxpayers. IRS Takes Steps to Strengthen IVES Program; Works with Industry to Quickly Implement New Safeguards June 23, 2016 — As part of a wider effort to protect taxpayer information and strengthen authentication standards, the Internal Revenue Service is putting in place new requirements for participants using the Income Verification Express Service (IVES), a service supporting the lending industry to verify loan applicant’s incomes. IRS Statement on the Electronic Filing PIN June 23, 2016 — As a precautionary step to protect taxpayers, the IRS today announced that the electronic filing PIN tool is no longer available on IRS.gov or by toll-free phone following additional questionable activity. IRS User Fee Program May 4, 2016 — Federal law and policy requires agencies, including the IRS, to charge a user fee to recover the cost of providing certain services to the public that confer a special benefit to the recipient. IRS Statement on IP PIN March 7, 2016 — As part of its ongoing security review, the Internal Revenue Service temporarily suspended the Identity Protection PIN tool on IRS.gov and is conducting a further review of the application. IRS Statement On “Get Transcript” February 26, 2016 — Following an incident involving the IRS’s “Get Transcript” application discovered last May, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration conducted a nine-month long investigation looking back to the launch of the application in January 2014 for additional suspicious activity. IRS Statement on e-filing PIN February 9, 2016 — The IRS recently identified and halted an automated attack upon its Electronic Filing PIN application on IRS.gov. Updated IRS Statement: IRS Systems are Operating February 4, 2016 — The IRS announced it resumed processing individual and business tax returns at approximately 5 p.m. Thursday following resolution of its system outage. IRS Statement on the Opening of the 2016 Filing Season January 19, 2016 — The IRS successfully opened its systems today in a smooth opening of the 2016 tax filing season. Through mid-day, the IRS had received several hundred thousand tax returns. 2015 Additional IRS Statement on the "Get Transcript" Incident August 17, 2015 — The IRS has issued an additional statement on the Get Transcript incident, discussing its extensive review covering the 2015 filing season. IRS Statement on the Senate Finance Committee Report August 5, 2015 — The IRS has issued a statement on the Senate Finance Committee report. IRS Statement on the "Get Transcript" Application May 26, 2015 — The IRS announced that criminals used data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through IRS’ “Get Transcript” application. Statement of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget February 2, 2015 — Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen commented on the proposed budget for the IRS for FY 2016. 2014 Statement on Health Coverage Information Reporting by Employers July 24, 2014 — The IRS has issued a statement on draft forms that will be used by employers to report employee health coverage. IRS Statement on an IRS letter to the Senate Finance Committee June 14, 2014 — IRS issues a statement on a June 13, 2014, IRS letter to the Senate Finance Committee. IRS Statement on "Heartbleed" and Filing Season April 9, 2014 — The IRS has issued a statement on the "Heartbleed" security flaw. Our systems continue operating and are not affected by this bug. IRS Statement on Data Security Employee Issue March 18, 2014 — The IRS today issued a statement on a data security employee issue. 2013 IRS Operations Resumption Statement October 18, 2013 — The IRS started reopening operations on Oct. 17. Our employees are reporting back to work, and we are assessing the impact of the 16-day shutdown on our national operations. IRS Statement on Obtaining Emails April 18, 2013 — The IRS administers the nation's tax laws in a way that follows the law and treats taxpayers with respect. IRS Statement on Court Ruling Related to Return Preparers January 22, 2013 — The IRS has issued a statement on a court ruling related to enforcement of regulatory requirements for registered tax return preparers. 2010 Statement of IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman on the Filing Deadline for Small Charities May 18, 2010 — Forthcoming guidance will help small organizations that haven't filed keep their tax-exempt status 2006 Fiscal Year 2006 Enforcement and Service Results November 20, 2006 — Statement of IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson.