News Releases for December 2019

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IR-2019-215, December 31, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2020 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

IR-2019-214, December 30, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today an agreement with Free File, Inc. (FFI) designed to bring more clarity for taxpayers choosing to use free online software during the 2020 filing season.

IR-2019-213, December 20, 2019 — The IRS today urged taxpayers involved in designated syndicated conservation easement arrangements to consult with their tax advisors following a recent U.S. Tax Court decision and agency plans to continue enforcement efforts in this area.

IR-2019-212, December 19, 2019 — The IRS today issued final regulations providing details about investment in qualified opportunity zones (QOZ).

IR-2019-211, December 18, 2019 —Taxpayers who paid too little tax during 2019 can still avoid a tax-time surprise by making a quarterly estimated tax payment now, directly to the IRS.

IR-2019-210, December 18, 2019 — The IRS is seeking qualified applicants for nomination to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC).

IR-2019-209, December 17, 2019 — The IRS has launched a new online assistant designed to help employers, especially small businesses, easily determine the right amount of federal income tax to withhold from their workers’ pay.

IR-2019-208, December 17, 2019 — The Treasury Department and IRS issued proposed regulations to reflect changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the tax deductibility of officers’ compensation by publicly held corporations.

IR-2019-207, December 16, 2019 — The RS reminds taxpayers there are things they should do now to get ready for the tax-filing season ahead.

IR-2019-206, December 13, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service said today that the Taxpayer First Act, enacted July 1, requires tax exempt organizations to electronically file information returns and related forms. The new law affects tax exempt organizations in tax years beginning after July 1, 2019.

IR-2019-205, December 12, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the appointment of 12 new members to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council.

IR-2019-204, December 11, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced a process has been formalized with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) that puts in place procedures between the IRS and TTB to process claims for whistleblower awards under internal revenue laws that are administered and enforced by TTB.

IR-2019-203, December 10, 2019 — The IRS reminds retirees born before July 1, 1949, that they usually must take distributions from their retirement plans by December 31.

IR-2019-202, December 9, 2019 — The IRS today announced the selection of Sharyn M. Fisk to lead the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).

IR-2019-201, December 6, 2019 —The IRS today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2020.

IR-2019-200, December 6, 2019 — As National Tax Security Awareness week concludes, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today reminded tax professionals that federal law requires them to create and follow a written information security plan to protect their clients’ data.

IR-2019-199, December 5, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today released the Criminal Investigation Division’s (CI) annual report, highlighting significant successes and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2019.

IR-2019-198, December 5, 2019 — Amid threats from cybercriminals, the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry urged employers large and small to step up cybersecurity protections against business identity theft.

IR-2019-197, December 4, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded employers and other businesses that wage statements and independent contractor forms still have a January 31 filing deadline.

IR-2019-196, December 4, 2019 — With millions of people logging in to websites and online accounts this holiday season, the IRS and the Security Summit partners remind taxpayers that common mistakes can increase their of risk having sensitive financial and tax data stolen by identity thieves.

IR-2019-195, December 3, 2019 — As the holiday season approaches, the IRS and Security Summit partners warned taxpayers to watch out for phishing scams in the deluge of holiday email messages coming from retailers and others.

IR-2019-194, December 2, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations and proposed regulations today on the base erosion and anti-abuse tax.

IR-2019-193, December 2, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations today on the Foreign Tax Credit, a long-standing tax benefit that generally allows individuals and businesses to claim a credit for income taxes paid or accrued to foreign governments.

IR-2019-192, December 2, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners opened this year’s National Tax Security Awareness Week with a warning for holiday shoppers on Cyber Monday to secure their computers and mobile phones to reduce the threat of identity theft.

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