Tax Preparedness Series: This #GivingTuesday Remember Donations May Cut Tax Bills IR-2016-154, Nov. 28, 2016 — As tax filing season approaches, the IRS reminds taxpayers who give money or goods to a charity by Dec. 31, 2016 that they may be able to claim a deduction on their 2016 federal income tax return and reduce their taxes. Tax Preparedness Series: Tax Help for Self-Employed and Sharing Economy IR-2016-153, Nov. 23, 2016 – As tax filing season approaches, the IRS wants taxpayers who are self-employed or involved in the sharing economy to know about free resources that are available to help them with their taxes. As Holidays Approach, IRS Reminds Taxpayers of Refund Delays in 2017 IR-2016-152, November 22, 2016 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers that a new law requires the IRS to hold refunds until mid-February in 2017 for people claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit. In addition, new identity theft and refund fraud safeguards put in place by the IRS and the states may mean some tax returns and refunds face additional review. IRS, States, Industry Launch Second Year of Public Awareness Campaign: “Taxes. Security. Together.” IR-2016-151, November 16, 2016 — The IRS and its Security Summit partners today began the second year of their “Taxes. Security. Together.” campaign aimed at encouraging taxpayers to take stronger measures to protect their financial and tax data. Tax Preparedness Series: How to Avoid a Refund Delay; Plan Ahead IR-2016-150, Nov. 16, 2016 – As tax filing season approaches, the IRS is reminding taxpayers about steps they can take now to ensure smooth processing of their 2016 tax return and avoid a delay in getting their tax refund next year. IRS Advisory Council Releases Its 2016 Annual Report IR-2016-149, Nov. 16, 2016 — The IRSAC held its annual public meeting today and released its annual report for 2016 to IRS Commissioner Koskinen. The report includes recommendations on a wide range of tax administration issues. Registration Now Open for 2017 Advance Monthly Payments of the Health Coverage Tax Credit IR-2016-148, Nov. 15, 2016 – The IRS has opened the new registration and enrollment process for qualified taxpayers to receive the benefit of the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) on an advance monthly basis during 2017. Tax Preparedness Series: Special Tax Breaks for U. S. Armed Forces IR-2016-147, Nov. 10, 2016 – As tax filing season approaches, the IRS wants members of the military and their families to know about the special tax benefits available to them. IRS Provides Special Relief to Encourage Leave-Based Donation Programs for Victims of Hurricane Matthew IR-2016-146, Nov. 10, 2016 – The IRS today announced special relief designed to support leave-based donation programs to aid victims of Hurricane Matthew. IRS Warns Tax Professionals of New eServices Email Scam IR-2016-145, Nov. 4, 2016– The IRS today issued an urgent alert to tax professionals who use IRS e-services to beware of an email asking them to update their accounts and directing them to a fake website. IRS, Security Summit Partners Expand Identity Theft Safeguards for 2017 Filing Season, Build on 2016 Successes IR-2016-144, Nov. 3, 2016 – The IRS, state tax agencies and industry partners today finalized plans for 2017 to improve identity theft protections for individual and business taxpayers after making significant inroads this year against fraudulent returns. News Release and Fact Sheet Archive Find an archive of news releases and fact sheets from November 2002 and news releases and a listing of fact sheets from 1997.