News Releases for December 2021

IRS reminder: For many employers and self-employed people, deferred Social Security tax payment due Jan. 3

IR-2021-256, December 27, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded employers and self-employed individuals that chose to defer paying part of their 2020 Social Security tax obligation that a payment is due on January 3, 2022.

IRS issues information letters to Advance Child Tax Credit recipients and recipients of the third round of Economic Impact Payments; taxpayers should hold onto letters to help the 2022 Filing Season experience

IR-2021-255, December 22, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it will issue information letters to Advance Child Tax Credit recipients starting in December and to recipients of the third round of the Economic Impact Payments at the end of January. Using this information when preparing a tax return can reduce errors and delays in processing.

Hurricane Ida tax relief extended to February 15 for part or all of six qualifying states

IR-2021-254, December 22, 2021 — Victims of Hurricane Ida in six states now have until Feb. 15, 2022, extended from Jan. 3, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

United States, Malta sign a competent authority arrangement (CAA) confirming pension fund meaning

IR-2021-253, December 21, 2021 — The competent authorities of the United States and Malta signed a competent authority arrangement (CAA) confirming their understanding of the meaning of pension fund for purposes of the United States–Malta income tax treaty (Treaty). The competent authorities have entered into this agreement after becoming aware that U.S. taxpayers with no connection to Malta were misconstruing the pension provisions of the Treaty to avoid income tax on the earnings of, and distributions from, personal retirement schemes established in Malta.

For Illinois and Tennessee tornado victims, IRS extends 2021 tax-filing deadline, other deadlines to May 16

IR-2021-252, December 20, 2021 — Victims of this month’s tornadoes in parts of Illinois and Tennessee will have until May 16, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. This is the same relief already provided to storm victims in Kentucky.

IRS issues standard mileage rates for 2022

IR-2021-251, December 17, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2022 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

IRS makes Tax Exempt Organization Search primary source to get exempt organization data

IR-2021-250, December 16, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the publicly available data it provides on electronically filed Forms 990 in a machine-readable format will be available solely on the Tax Exempt Organization Search webpage.

Families will soon receive their December advance Child Tax Credit payment; those not receiving payments may claim any missed payments on the upcoming 2021 tax return

IR-2021-249, December 15, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department announced today that millions of American families will soon receive their final advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) payment for the month of December.

For Kentucky tornado victims, IRS extends 2021 tax-filing deadline, other deadlines to May 16

IR-2021-248, December 14, 2021 — Victims of this weekend’s tornadoes in Kentucky will have until May 16, 2022, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS joins leading nonprofit groups to highlight special charitable tax benefit available through Dec. 31

IR-2021-247, December 13, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service joined today with several leading nonprofit groups to highlight a special tax provision that allows more people to deduct donations to qualifying charities on their 2021 federal income tax return.

IRS provides revised questions and answers for 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit

IR-2021-246, December 10, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit (FS-2021-17).

Most retirees must take required minimum distributions by Dec. 31

IR-2021-245, December 8, 2021 — The IRS today reminded retirement plan participants and individual retirement account owners that payments, called required minimum distributions, must usually be taken by December 31.

IRS is seeking qualified applicants for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee

IR-2021-244, December 8, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service is seeking qualified applicants for nomination to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). The ETAAC is an organized public forum for discussion of issues in electronic tax administration, such as prevention of identity theft and refund fraud.

Get ready for taxes: What's new and what to consider when filing in 2022

IR-2021-243, December 7, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to take important actions this month to help them file their federal tax returns in 2022, including special steps related to Economic Impact Payments and advance Child Tax Credit payments.

IRS issues guidance regarding the retroactive termination of the Employee Retention Credit

IR-2021-242, December 6, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance for employers regarding the retroactive termination of the Employee Retention Credit.

National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 5: Security Summit partners remind businesses to tighten security; be aware of steps to help prevent, protect data loss

IR-2021-241, December 3, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry urged businesses to be alert to cyberattacks aimed at gaining access to business data and customer information and be aware of steps to help them on tax-related issues related to identity theft.

National Tax Security Awareness Week: Tax pros, taxpayers can use secure online account and digital signature options

IR-2021-240, December 2, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry marked the fourth day of National Tax Security Awareness Week with a reminder to tax professionals and taxpayers that they can use digital signatures on a variety of common IRS forms and access a secure online platform to view and make changes to their account.

National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 4: Security Summit warns tax pros that pandemic adds to data-theft risks; offers tips and outlines common scams

IR-2021-239, December 2, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry today warned tax professionals that they face additional security risks from cybercriminals seeking to use the pandemic and phishing scams to steal sensitive client information.

National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 3: Choosing a special Identity Protection PIN adds extra safety for taxpayers

IR-2021-238, December 1, 2021 — As part of a wider effort to increase security, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers they can get extra protection starting in January by joining the agency’s Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) program.

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