News Releases for February 2019

Tax Time Guide: ‘Where’s My Refund?’ remains easiest way to check tax refund status

IR-2019-25, February 28, 2019 — The IRS today reminds taxpayers that the easiest way to check on a tax refund is “Where’s My Refund?,” an online tool available at and through the IRS2Go app.

IRS waives estimated tax penalty for farmers, fishermen who file returns and pay tax by April 15

IR-2019-24, February 28, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service will waive the estimated tax penalty for any qualifying farmer or fisherman who files his or her 2018 federal income tax return and pays any tax due by Monday, April 15, 2019.

Individuals who need passports for imminent travel should contact IRS promptly to resolve tax debt

IR-2019-23, February 27, 2019 ― The IRS today reiterated its warning that taxpayers may not be able to renew a current passport or obtain a new passport if they owe federal taxes.

Tax Time Guide: Most people affected by major tax reform changes; Special publication, other online resources can help

IR-2019-22, February 26, 2019 — With major tax law changes impacting every taxpayer, the Internal Revenue Service has developed a special electronic publication and other online resources designed to help people understand how tax reform affects them this year and the years ahead.

Interest rates remain the same for the second quarter of 2019

IR-2019-21, February 25, 2019 — The IRS today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2019, as they were in the first quarter of 2019.

IRS urges businesses to e-file cash transaction reports; It’s fast, easy and free

IR-2019-20, February 21, 2019 — The IRS today urged businesses required to file reports of large cash transactions to take advantage of the speed and convenience of filing these reports electronically.

Farmers, fishermen face March 1 tax deadline; IRS encourages convenience of IRS Direct Pay

IR-2019-19, February 19, 2019 — The IRS reminds farmers and fishermen who chose to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments that they must file their 2018 Form 1040 along with a payment for all taxes owed by Friday, March 1, 2019.

Avoid the rush: Today marks busiest phone day of the year; check for answers to tax questions

IR-2019-18, February 19, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service alerted taxpayers that today, the day after Presidents Day, marks the busiest period for calls to its toll-free help line.

Avoid the rush: Get a tax transcript online

IR-2019-17, February 15, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers who need their prior-year tax records to either complete their 2018 tax return or to validate their income can use Get Transcript Online or Get Transcript by Mail.

Avoid the rush: Be prepared to validate identity if contacting the IRS

IR-2019-16, February 14, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers and tax professionals that they will be asked to verify their identities if they call the IRS.

IRS provides various payment options for taxpayers who owe but can’t pay in full

IR-2019-15, February 13, 2019 ― As the 2019 tax filing season gets into full swing, the IRS reminds taxpayers who owe of the many easy payment options.

IRS provides a safe harbor method of accounting for passenger automobiles that qualify for the 100-percent additional first year depreciation

IR-2019-14, February 13, 2019 –The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance today that provides a safe harbor method for determining depreciation deductions for passenger automobiles that qualify for the 100-percent additional first year depreciation deduction and that are subject to the depreciation limitations for passenger automobiles.

Avoid the rush: Pay taxes owed online or set up a payment plan

IR-2019-13, February 13, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers who may unexpectedly owe additional tax that there are many online options for payment as well as online options for applying for a payment plan for those who can not pay in full.

Avoid the rush: Fastest way to check tax refund is ‘Where’s My Refund?’ tool at

IR-2019-12, February 12, 2019 — Offering time-saving alternatives to a telephone call, the IRS reminds taxpayers they can get fast answers to their refund questions by using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool available on and through the IRS2Go app.

National Taxpayer Advocate delivers annual report to Congress: Addresses impact of shutdown; urges more funding for IT modernization

IR-2019-11, February 12, 2019 — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2018 Annual Report to Congress, describing challenges the IRS is facing as a result of the recent government shutdown and recommending that Congress provide the IRS with additional multi-year funding to replace its core 1960s-era information technology (IT) systems.

Avoid the rush over Presidents Day holiday; online tools, resources can help

IR-2019-10, February 11, 2019 — With a new tax law in effect and a surge of tax returns expected during the Presidents Day weekend, the IRS is offering taxpayers several tips and various time-saving resources to get them the help they need quickly and easily.

IRS: Don’t be victim to a ‘ghost’ tax return preparer

IR-2019-09, February 7, 2019 – Today, towards the end of the second full week of the 2019 tax filing season, the IRS warned taxpayers to avoid unethical tax return preparers, known as ghost preparers.

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