News Releases for February 2018

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Updated Withholding Calculator, Form W-4 Released; Calculator Helps Taxpayers Review Withholding Following New Tax Law

IR-2018-36, February 28, 2018 — The IRS today released an updated Withholding Calculator on and a new version of Form W-4 to help taxpayers check their 2018 tax withholding following passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December.

IRS: Many EITC, ACTC Refunds Arriving Soon

IR-2018-35, Feb. 27, 2018 — As the IRS begins releasing refunds for taxpayers who claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit, the agency reminds them that many of these refunds should arrive in bank accounts or on debit cards this week.

March 1 Tax Deadline Nears for Many Farmers, Fishers; IRS Direct Pay Offers Easy Way to Pay

IR-2018-34, Feb. 23, 2018 ― The IRS is reminding farmers and fishers about the March 1 deadline to take advantage of special rules that can allow them to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments.

Three Popular Tax Benefits Retroactively Renewed for 2017; IRS Ready to Accept Returns Claiming These Benefits; e-file for Fastest Refunds

IR-2018-33, Feb. 22, 2018 — The IRS today said that it is ready to process tax year 2017 returns claiming three popular tax benefits recently renewed retroactively into law.

Interest on Home Equity Loans Often Still Deductible Under New Law

IR-2018-32, Feb. 21, 2018 — The IRS today advised taxpayers that in many cases they can continue to deduct interest paid on home equity loans.

Avoid the Rush: Today Marks Busiest Phone Day of the Year; Taxpayers Get Answers Faster by Visiting

IR-2018-31, February 20, 2018 — The IRS alerted taxpayers the day after Presidents Day marks the busiest day of the year for calls to the toll-free help line.

Avoid the Rush: Some Taxpayers May Need Prior-Year Tax Data

IR-2018-30, Feb. 16, 2018 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers who have changed tax software products that they may need information from their 2016 tax return to complete their taxes this year.

Avoid the Rush: Visits to Taxpayer Assistance Centers Require Appointments

IR-2018-29, Feb. 15, 2018 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that IRS offices provide service by appointment.

Avoid the Rush: Taxpayers Must Validate Identity When Calling the IRS

IR-2018-28, Feb. 14, 2018 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers and tax professionals that they will be asked to verify their identities if they call the IRS.

Scam Alert: IRS Urges Taxpayers to Watch Out for Erroneous Refunds; Beware of Fake Calls to Return Money to a Collection Agency

IR-2018-27, Feb. 13, 2018 — The IRS today warned taxpayers of a quickly growing scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into their bank accounts.

Avoid the Rush: Track Tax Refunds Online at

IR-2018-26, Feb. 13, 2018 — With millions of tax refunds being processed, the IRS reminds taxpayers they can get fast answers about their refund by using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool available on and through the IRS2Go app.

IRS Issues Guidance on Changes in Accounting Periods Related to the Transition Tax

IR-2018-25, Feb. 13, 2018 — The Treasury Department and the IRS today announced modifications to the procedures for changing the accounting period of foreign corporations owned by U.S. shareholders that are subject to the transition tax under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

IRS Names 8 New IRPAC Members

IR-2018-24, Feb. 12, 2018 — The IRS announced today the selection of eight new members and 14 reinstated members for the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC), which provides a forum for IRS officials and members of the public to address information reporting issues.

Avoid the Rush: Use Online Tools to Answer Questions

IR-2018-23, Feb. 12, 2018 — With a surge of tax returns expected during the upcoming Presidents Day weekend, the Internal Revenue Service offers taxpayers several tips and time-saving resources to get them the help they need quickly and easily.

IRS: Avoid the Rush over Presidents Day Holiday; Online Tools, Resources Can Help

IR-2018-22, Feb. 8, 2018 — With the surge of tax returns expected during the upcoming Presidents Day weekend, the IRS is offering taxpayers several tips and various time-saving resources to get them the help they need from the IRS quickly and easily.

Key IRS Identity Theft Indicators Continue Dramatic Decline in 2017; Security Summit Marks 2017 Progress Against Identity Theft

IR-2018-21, Feb. 8, 2018 –The Internal Revenue Service today announced steep declines in tax-related identity theft in 2017, attributing the success to the Security Summit initiatives that help safeguard the nation’s taxpayers

To Help Taxpayers, IRS Clarifies Some Common Early Filing Season Myths

IR-2018-20, Feb. 7, 2018 — With the 2018 filing season in full swing, the IRS today offered taxpayers some basic tax and refund tips to clear up some common misbeliefs.

IRS Announces 2018 Pension Plan Limitations Not Affected by Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

IR-2018-19, Feb. 6, 2018— The Internal Revenue Service today announced that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 does not affect the tax year 2018 dollar limitations for retirement plans announced in IR 2017-177 and detailed in Notice 2017-64.

IRS Encourages Taxpayers to Renew ITINs; Delays Expected for Those Who Missed Deadline

IR-2018-18, Feb. 5, 2018 — The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers with expired Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) to renew them as soon as possible.

Tax Pros Urged to Step Up Security as Filing Scheme Emerges, Reminded to Report Data Thefts

IR-2018-17, Feb. 2, 2018 – Seeing the emergence of a new filing season scam, the Internal Revenue Service today urged tax professionals to step up security and beware of phishing emails that can secretly download malicious software that can help cybercriminals steal client data.

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