News Releases for June 2022

Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee issues annual report to Congress

IR-2022-133, June 29, 2022 — The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) today released its annual report to Congress, featuring recommendations focused on budget support for the Internal Revenue Service and enhancements to e-filing.

IRS issues Superfund chemical excise tax rates

IR-2022-132, June 24, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that it has prescribed tax rates for 121 taxable substances that are subject to the Superfund chemical excise tax imposed by section 4671(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code).

IRS issues FAQs on the reinstated Superfund chemical excise tax to assist affected taxpayers

IR-2022-131, June 24, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the reinstated Superfund chemical excise tax to help those taxpayers who may be impacted and tax professionals.

IRS: Taxpayers now have more options to correct, amend returns electronically

IR-2022-130, June 23, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that more forms can now be amended electronically. These include people filing corrections to the Form 1040-NR, U.S. Nonresident Alien Income Tax Return and Forms 1040-SS, U.S. Self-Employment Tax Return (Including the Additional Child Tax Credit for Bona Fide Residents of Puerto Rico) and Forms 1040-PR, Self-Employment Tax Return – Puerto Rico.

National Taxpayer Advocate issues midyear report to Congress; expresses concern about continued refund delays and poor taxpayer service

IR-2022-129, June 22, 2022 — National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins today released her statutorily mandated midyear report to Congress. The report expresses concern about continuing delays in the processing of paper-filed tax returns and the consequent impact on taxpayer refunds.

IRS continues work on inventory of tax returns; original tax returns filed in 2021 to be completed this week

IR-2022-128, June 21, 2022 — Following intensive work during the past several months, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that processing on a key group of individual tax returns filed during 2021 will be completed by the end of this week.

IRS expands voice bot options for faster service, less wait time

IR-2022-127, June 17, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced expanded voice bot options to help eligible taxpayers easily verify their identity to set up or modify a payment plan while avoiding long wait times.

IRS selects new deputy chief for Criminal Investigation division

IR-2022-126, June 13, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service announced the selection of Guy Ficco as the next Deputy Chief for IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). He will oversee 20 field offices and 11 foreign posts, including approximately 2,000 special agents investigating tax fraud and other financial crimes.

IRS wraps up 2022 "Dirty Dozen" scams list; agency urges taxpayers to watch out for tax avoidance strategies

IR-2022-125, June 10, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today wrapped up its annual "Dirty Dozen" scams list for the 2022 filing season, with a warning to taxpayers to avoid being misled into using bogus tax avoidance strategies.

IRS increases mileage rate for remainder of 2022

IR-2022-124, June 9, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final 6 months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes.

Missed the April tax deadline? File and pay by June 14 to avoid a larger penalty and interest

IR-2022-123, June 9, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today advised taxpayers who missed the April tax deadline that they can usually avoid a larger penalty by filing their 2021 federal income tax return and paying any tax due by Tuesday, June 14.

Dirty Dozen: IRS, Security Summit reiterate recent warning to tax professionals and other businesses of dangerous spear phishing attacks

IR-2022-122, June 9, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that spear phishing is the 8th item on the 2022 "Dirty Dozen" scams warning list and a serious problem because it can be tailored to attack and steal the computer system credentials of any small business with a client data base, such as tax professionals' firms.

Dirty Dozen: Scammers use every trick in their communication arsenal to steal your identity, personal financial information, money and more

IR-2022-121, June 8, 2022 — Suspicious communications in all its forms designed to either trick, surprise or scare someone into responding before thinking is No. 7 on the 2022 "Dirty Dozen" scams warning list, the Internal Revenue Service announced today, warning everyone to be on the lookout for bogus calls, texts, emails and posts online to gain trust or steal.

For those who pay estimated taxes, second quarter June 15 deadline approaches

IR-2022-120, June 8, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers who pay estimated taxes that the deadline to pay their second quarter tax liability is June 15.

Dirty Dozen: IRS urges anyone having trouble paying their taxes to avoid anyone claiming they can settle tax debt for pennies on the dollar, known as OIC mills

IR-2022-119, June 7, 2022 — As the 6th item on the 2022 "Dirty Dozen" scams warning list, the Internal Revenue Service today cautioned taxpayers with pending tax bills to contact the IRS directly and not go to unscrupulous tax companies that use local advertising and falsely claiming they can resolve unpaid taxes for pennies on the dollar.

U.S. Court of Appeals ruling affirms IRS position that abusive microcaptive insurance transactions are shams

IR-2022-118, June 7, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today said that a recent court decision upholds its long-standing position regarding abusive microcaptive insurance transactions. Taxpayers should be alert to these schemes, normally peddled by promoters, as they will ultimately cost them.

IRS continues with Dirty Dozen this week, urging taxpayers to continue watching out for pandemic-related scams including theft of benefits and bogus social media posts

IR-2022-117, June 6, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today kicked off the week with the 5th item on its 2022 annual Dirty Dozen scams warning list, with a sad reminder that criminals still use the COVID-19 pandemic to steal people's money and identity with bogus emails, social media posts and unexpected phone calls, among other things.

Don’t wait to file: IRS encourages taxpayers with October filing extensions and others who still need to file

IR-2022-116, June 2, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging taxpayers who have yet to file their 2021 tax return – including those who requested an extension of time – to file a complete and accurate return electronically as early as possible once they have all their information together. There’s no need to wait until the October deadline.

IRS extends VITA and TCE grants application deadline

IR-2022-115, June 1, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline to June 17 for accepting applications for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant programs, which will allow some organizations to apply for annual funding for up to three years.

IRS seeks to offer jobs to thousands of workers this summer

IR-2022-114, June 1, 2022 — To boost its workforce and better help taxpayers and businesses, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that it’s looking to hire over 4,000 contact representative positions at several IRS offices nationwide this summer.

IRS warns taxpayers of "Dirty Dozen" tax scams for 2022

IR-2022-113, June 1, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today began its "Dirty Dozen" list for 2022, which includes potentially abusive arrangements that taxpayers should avoid.

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