News Releases for August 2021

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.

Security Summit: Tax Pros can help clients battle identity theft risk related to unemployment

IR-2021-163, August 3, 2021 — IRS Security Summit partners today outlined for tax professionals how they can assist clients who were victims of unemployment compensation fraud schemes that targeted state workforce agencies in 2020 and 2021.

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