September is National Preparedness Month; IRS urges everyone to update and secure their records to prepare now for natural disasters IR-2022-156, August 29, 2022 — September is National Preparedness Month. With the height of hurricane season fast approaching and the ongoing threat of wildfires in many places, the Internal Revenue Service urges everyone to develop an emergency preparedness plan, or if they already have one, update it for 2022. COVID tax relief: IRS provides broad-based penalty relief for certain 2019 and 2020 returns due to the pandemic; $1.2 billion in penalties being refunded to 1.6 million taxpayers IR-2022-155, August 24, 2022 — To help struggling taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS today issued Notice 2022-36, which provides penalty relief to most people and businesses who file certain 2019 or 2020 returns late. IRS Appeals invites input on enhancing video conference options for taxpayers and tax professionals IR-2022-154, August 18, 2022 — The IRS Independent Office of Appeals invites public input on best practices for conducting video conferences with taxpayers and tax professionals who have cases pending before Appeals. 2021 tax extension filers, don’t overlook these important tax benefits IR-2022-153, August 18, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who’ve yet to file their 2021 federal income tax return to make sure they take advantage of the deductions and credits for which they’re entitled and to file electronically as soon as possible. IRS adds new information in traditional Chinese to help with tax authorizations, part of growing multilingual effort to support taxpayers and help tax pros, third-party designees IR-2022-152, August 17, 2022 — As part of a larger effort to expand tax resources in more languages, the Internal Revenue Service announced today the addition of a translation of the Instructions for Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization, in traditional Chinese. Security Summit: Tax pros can help clients battle identity theft risk IR-2022-151, August 16, 2022 — The Security Summit partners today concluded a special summer education campaign by outlining steps tax professionals can take to help clients from becoming statistics in identity-theft related tax-fraud scams. IRS announces interest rate increases for the fourth quarter of 2022; 6% rate applies to most taxpayers starting Oct. 1 IR-2022-150, August 15, 2022— The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will increase for the calendar quarter beginning October 1, 2022. IRS: Missouri storm, flooding victims now eligible for tax relief; Oct. 17 deadline, other dates extended to Nov. 15 IR-2022-149, August 10, 2022 — Storm victims in parts of Missouri now have until November 15, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. New school year reminder to educators; maximum educator expense deduction rises to $300 in 2022 IR-2022-148, August 10, 2022 — As the new school year begins, the Internal Revenue Service reminds teachers and other educators that they’ll be able to deduct up to $300 of out-of-pocket classroom expenses for 2022 when they file their federal income tax return next year. Security Summit releases new data security plan to help tax professionals; new WISP simplifies complex area IR-2022-147, August 9, 2022 — The Security Summit partners today unveiled a special new sample security plan designed to help tax professionals, especially those with smaller practices, protect their data and information. IRS: Truckers need to file by August 31 deadline, e-file encouraged IR-2022-146, August 8, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today is reminding those who have registered, or are required to register, large trucks and buses that it’s time to file Form 2290, Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return. The IRS strongly encourages using e-file and filing before the payment deadline of August 31, 2022, for vehicles first used in July 2022. IRS: Kentucky storm, flooding victims now eligible for tax relief; October 17 deadline, other dates extended to November 15 IR-2022-145, August 2, 2022 — Storm victims in parts of Kentucky now have until November 15, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. Security Summit: Tell-tale signs of identity theft tax pros should watch for IR-2022-144, August 2, 2022 — 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. News Release and Fact Sheet Archive Find an archive of news releases and fact sheets from November 2002 and news releases and a listing of fact sheets from 1997.