IRS selects new Chief Transformation and Strategy Officer to lead change efforts under the Inflation Reduction Act; David Padrino to oversee Strategic Operating Plan work to help taxpayers, drive agency improvements IR-2023-137, July 28, 2023 — Today, the IRS announced the selection of David Padrino to serve as the Chief Transformation and Strategy Officer, a recently created role at the agency that will spearhead improvement efforts under Inflation Reduction Act funding. IRS invites public input on ways to improve dispute resolution programs; suggestions wanted IR-2023-136, July 27, 2023 — The Internal Revenue Service today invited public input on improvements to certain post-filing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) programs currently offered to taxpayers. IRS Commissioner signals new phase of Employee Retention Credit work; with backlog eliminated, additional procedures will be put in place to deal with growing fraud risk IR-2023-135, July 26, 2023 — With the IRS making substantial progress in the ongoing effort related to the Employee Retention Credit claims, Commissioner Danny Werfel said the agency has entered a new phase of increasing scrutiny on dubious submissions while renewing consumer warnings against aggressive marketing. Security Summit: Identity Protection PINs are an important tool against tax-related identity theft IR-2023-134, July 25, 2023 — In the second installment in a special summer series, the Security Summit partners today reminded tax professionals and taxpayers about the IRS Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to help protect people against tax-related identity theft. IRS ends unannounced revenue officer visits to taxpayers; major change to end confusion, enhance safety as part of larger agency transformation efforts IR-2023-133, July 24, 2023 — As part of a larger transformation effort, the Internal Revenue Service today announced a major policy change that will end most unannounced visits to taxpayers by agency revenue officers to reduce public confusion and enhance overall safety measures for taxpayers and employees. For employers and tax pros, free IRS webinar to focus on Employee Retention Credit IR-2023-132, July 21, 2023 — The Internal Revenue Service will hold a free webinar designed to help employers, tax professionals and other interested taxpayers understand how the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) works and how to avoid tax scams and aggressive marketing related to the credit. Taxpayers see wave of summer email, text scams; IRS urges extra caution with flood of schemes involving Economic Impact Payments, Employee Retention Credits, tax refunds IR-2023-131, July 21, 2023 — The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers today to be on the lookout for a summer surge of tax scams as identity thieves continue pounding out a barrage of email and text messages promising tax refunds or offers to help ‘fix’ tax problems. Extension filers: IRS.gov should be first step for summertime tax help; agency encourages those with extensions to file soon IR-2023-130, July 19, 2023 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded those using an extension that filing as soon as possible will let them take advantage of special tools available on IRS.gov. Specially designed Security Summit plan helps tax pros protect data; summer security series begins IR-2023-129, July 18, 2023 — Kicking off an annual education effort, the Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners today encouraged tax professionals, especially smaller practices, to take advantage of its security plan template designed to make data security planning easier. IRS reminder to storm victims in 4 states: File and pay by July 31; parts of Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi and Tennessee affected IR-2023-128, July 17, 2023 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded individuals and businesses in parts of four states that their 2022 federal income tax returns and tax payments are due on Monday, July 31, 2023. IRS continues reopening closed Taxpayer Assistance Centers; begins special series of Community Assistance Visits to help taxpayers in 8 states to expand service for people who aren’t near agency offices IR-2023-127, July 14, 2023 — As part of an expanding effort to improve service, the Internal Revenue Service continues expanding Taxpayer Assistance Centers across the country while also starting a special series of events to help taxpayers located in areas not close to the agency’s in-person offices. Building on filing season 2023 success, IRS continues to improve service, pursue high-income individuals evading taxes, modernize technology IR-2023-126, July 14, 2023 — Thanks to Inflation Reduction Act resources, the IRS delivered dramatically improved service in filing season 2023. IRS achieved an 87% level of service. Through the end of filing season, IRS answered 3 million more calls, cut phone wait times to three minutes from 28 minutes, served 140,000 more taxpayers in-person, digitized 80 times more returns than in 2022 through the adoption of new scanning technology, cleared the backlog of unprocessed 2022 individual tax returns with no errors, launched two new digital tools, and enabled a new direct-deposit refund option for taxpayers with amended returns. IRS: Vermont flooding victims now eligible for tax relief; Oct. 16 deadline, other dates extended to Nov. 15 IR-2023-125, July 13, 2023 — Flooding victims anywhere in Vermont now have until Nov. 15, 2023, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. IRS, Security Summit announce special summer series as Nationwide Tax Forums begin; tax pros should remain vigilant against identity theft amid continued threats IR-2023 -124, July 11, 2023 — The Internal Revenue Service joins its Security Summit partners today to announce the start of a special summer “Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself” campaign aimed at ensuring tax professionals stay alert against new and ongoing threats of tax-related identity theft. IRS, Security Summit partners warn taxpayers of new scam; unusual delivery service mailing tries to trick people into sending photos, bank account information IR-2023-123, July 3, 2023 — The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers today to be on the lookout for a new scam mailing that tries to mislead people into believing they are owed a refund. News release and fact sheet archive Find previous year news releases and fact sheets from 1997 through last month.