IRS Releases Draft Instructions for Schedules M-3 IR-2006-71, April 28, 2006 — The IRS today released updated draft instructions for Schedules M-3 for the 2006 tax year and an updated draft of the new Form 8916. IRS and States Join Forces to Combat Money Laundering IR-2006-70, April 27, 2006 — Thirty-three states and Puerto Rico have signed agreements with the IRS to share Bank Secrecy Act information on money services businesses. IRS Names New Members to TE/GE Advisory Group IR-2006-69, April 26, 2006 — The eight new members of the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities, who will assume their duties in June, join 13 returning members. 2006 Tax Filing Season Sets Records IR-2006-68, April 25, 2006 — 70 million returns are e-filed, almost 20 million from home computers. [Filing Season Statistics for week ending April 21,2006, attached.] Toyota and Lexus Vehicles Certified for New Energy Tax Credit IR-2006-67, April 25, 2006 — The Toyota Camry Hybrid and Lexus GS 450h Model Year 2007 vehicles qualify for the hybrid tax credit enacted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. IRS Web Site Sets Records on April 17 IR-2006-66, April 19, 2006 — More people used the IRS web site on April 17 than on any other single day since the site became available in 1995. IRS Announces Kathy Petronchak Appointed Chief of Staff IR-2006-65, April 17, 2006 — Petronchak will assist the Commissioner in overseeing IRS operations and planning the direction of IRS programs. On-Line Filing Sets New Record; More than 17 Million Returns e-Filed by Home Computer Users IR-2006-64, Apr. 14, 2006 — Electronic filing of federal tax returns has increased by 15 percent this year, compared to the same period last year. The greatest growth in e-filing is among home computer users. Two Key Appointments Announced by Chief Counsel IR-2006-63, April 14, 2006 — The IRS Chief Counsel has appointed Steven Musher as Associate Chief Counsel, International, and Christopher Sterner as Division Counsel (Large and Mid-Size Business). IRS Awards $8 Million to Tax Clinics Aiding Low Income Taxpayers IR-2006-62, April 14, 2006 — The National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson, announced that the Internal Revenue Service has awarded $8 million in matching grants to Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). IRS Announces Changes to 2006 Special Enrollment Examination IR-2006-61, April 13, 2006 — IRS officials today announced changes to the Special Enrollment Examination in 2006. A private firm has been selected to develop and administer a computer-based version of the exam. IRS Urges Taxpayers to e-file Extension Requests IR-2006-60, April 12, 2006 — The IRS expects millions to request extensions of time to file, about 20 percent will request the extra time through e-file. (Includes filing season statistics for the week ending April 7, 2007.) IRS Announces Appointment of Sarah Hall Ingram as Chief, Appeals IR-2006-59, April 11, 2006 — Ingram will oversee the operations of an administrative forum for taxpayers contesting an IRS compliance action. Taxpayers Can Request an Automatic Six-Month Tax Filing Extension IR-2006-58, April 10, 2006 — The IRS reminds individual taxpayers that they can request an automatic six-month filing extension. Some Toyota and Lexus Vehicles Certified for the New Energy Tax Credit IR-2006-57, April 7, 2006 — IRS provides tax credit amount for certain hybrid vehicles. Some Ford and Mercury Vehicles Certified for the New Energy Tax Credit IR-2006-56, April 7, 2006 — IRS announces tax credit amounts for certain hybrid vehicles. Winter 2005-2006 Statistics of Income Bulletin IR-2006-55, April 7, 2006 — The Winter 2005-2006 SOI Bulletin highlights preliminary data from 2004 tax returns and articles on tax exempt organizations, domestic corporations and wealth. Applicants for Electronic Tax Advisory Committee Sought IR-2006-54, April 6, 2006 — The Internal Revenue Service invites applicants to fill six vacancies on the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) beginning in September 2006. More Taxpayers are Choosing e-file and Direct Deposit in 2006 IR-2006-53, April 6, 2006 — More than 67 percent of all individual income tax returns this year have come in to the IRS through its e-file program. “Where’s My Refund” Usage at Record Pace IR-2006-52, April 5, 2006 — More taxpayers than ever are checking their refund status on-line using the IRS's "Where's My Refund" interactive feature. IRS Releases Draft Schedules M-3 for 2006 IR-2006-51, April 5, 2006 —The Internal Revenue Service today released updated drafts of Schedules M-3 for the 2006 tax year and a new Form 8916 that will be filed by certain insurance-related corporations. News Release and Fact Sheet Archive News releases and fact sheets from November 2002 forward and an archive of news releases and fact sheets in PDF format back to 1997.