IRS Reminds Educators of Tax Benefits IR-2017-166, Sept. 28, 2017 — As teachers, administrators and aides have launched into their fall semester, taxes may not be on the top of their list. However, knowing what to keep track of now can help reduce the burden at tax time. Low-Income Housing Units Nationwide May be Offered to Displaced Victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Other Recent Disasters IR-2017-165, Sept. 28, 2017 — The IRS has provided temporary relief from certain requirements of the Internal Revenue Code to allow owners and operators of low-income housing projects located anywhere in the United States and its possessions to provide temporary emergency housing to individuals who are displaced by a major disaster from their principal residences, regardless of income. Drought-Stricken Farmers and Ranchers Have More Time to Replace Livestock Under IRS Relief IR-2017-164, Sept. 27, 2017 — Farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought in an applicable region now have an additional year to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, according to the IRS. IRS Reminds Parents, Students to Explore Education Resources on IRS.gov IR-2017-163, Sept. 27, 2017 — The IRS today reminded parents and students that there are many tax benefits available to them, and the easiest way to learn more about them is through the education resources available on IRS.gov. Tax Help Available for Those Who Still Need to File for 2016 IR-2017-162, Sept. 27, 2017 — The IRS wants taxpayers, especially those who received tax-filing extensions, to know they can still get the tax help they need to meet the Oct. 16 extension deadline. Reminder for Parents, Students: Check Out College Tax Benefits IR-2017-161, Sept. 26, 2017 ― With back-to-school season in full swing, the IRS reminds parents and students about tax benefits that can help with the expense of higher education. IRS Offers Help to Hurricane Victims: A Recap of Key Tax Relief Provisions Available Following Harvey, Irma and Maria IR-2017-160, Sept. 26, 2017 — The IRS today offered a rundown of key tax relief that has been made available to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Update: IRS Extends Waiver of Diesel Fuel Penalty Following Continuing Shortage of Undyed Diesel Due to Hurricane Irma IR-2017-159, Sept. 25, 2017 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in response to continued shortages of undyed diesel fuel caused by Hurricane Irma, will extend its waiver of penalties for dyed diesel fuel, first announced in IR-2017-149, when such fuel is sold for use or used on the highway in the state of Florida. IRS Issues Guidance for Allowance of Credit for Increasing Research Activities IR-2017-158, Sept. 22, 2017 — The IRS has issued guidance to Large Business & International Division examiners regarding the examination of the credit for increasing research activities under IRC Section 41 claimed by LB&I taxpayers. IRS Provides Limited Waiver of Fuel Penalty Due to Hurricane Irma; Response Follows Shortage of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel IR-2017-157, Sept. 19, 2017 — The IRS today announced it will not impose a penalty on certain uses of certain adulterated fuels that do not comply with applicable EPA regulations, in response to shortages of ULSD fuel caused by Hurricane Irma. All of Georgia Now Eligible for Disaster Tax Relief IR-2017-156, Sept. 19, 2017 — Hurricane Irma victims in the entire state of Georgia now have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the IRS announced today. IRS Expands Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida; Extension Filers Have Until Jan. 31 to File IR-2017-155, Sept. 15, 2017 — Hurricane Irma victims in Florida have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the IRS announced today. IRS Provides Special Relief to Encourage Leave-Based Donation Programs for Victims of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irma IR-2017-154, Sept. 14, 2017 – The IRS today announced special relief designed to support leave-based donation programs to aid victims of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irma. IRS Urges Foreign Financial Institutions Participating in FATCA to Check Their Registrations IR-2017-153, Sept. 14, 2017 – IRS officials today reminded foreign financial institutions to renew their Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) agreement if required. Don’t Take the Bait, Step 10: Steps for Tax Pros with Data Incidents IR-2017-152, Sept. 12, 2017 - The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today reminded tax professionals that if they experience a breach or theft of taxpayer data they should immediately contact the IRS to help protect clients. Like Harvey, Retirement Plans Can Make Loans, Hardship Distributions to Victims of Hurricane Irma IR-2017-151, Sept. 12, 2017 — The IRS today announced that 401(k)s and similar employer-sponsored retirement plans can make loans and hardship distributions to victims of Hurricane Irma and members of their families. IRS Gives Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Irma; Like Harvey, Extension Filers Have Until Jan. 31 to File; Additional Relief Planned IR-2017-150, Sept. 12, 2017 –– Hurricane Irma victims in parts of Florida and elsewhere have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. IRS Waives Diesel Fuel Penalty in Florida Due to Hurricane Irma The IRS, in response to shortages of undyed diesel fuel caused by Hurricane Irma, will not impose a penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway in the state of Florida. IRS Reminds Partnerships that Received Extensions: Returns Due Sept. 15 Tax Relief Available for those Affected by Hurricane Harvey; IRS Monitoring Hurricane Irma, Upcoming Deadline IR-2017-148, Sept. 8, 2017 — The IRS continues to monitor Hurricane Irma, but reminds calendar-year partnerships that the due date for filing a return after receiving an extension remains Sept. 15 following a recent change in the tax law. Interest Rates Remain the Same for the Fourth Quarter of 2017 IR-2017-147, Sept. 8, 2017 – The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning October 1, 2017. IRS Announces Five New Members for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee IR-2017-146, Sept. 6, 2017 — The IRS today announced the selection of five new members for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). As Hurricane Irma Threatens, IRS Urges Taxpayers to Prepare for Hurricanes, Floods and Other Disasters IR-2017-145, Sept. 6, 2017 — For September’s National Preparedness Month, the Internal Revenue Service is offering advice to taxpayers who may be affected by storms, fires, floods or other disasters. Don’t Take the Bait, Step 9: Make Data Security an Everyday Priority; Key Steps Can Help IR-2017-144, September 5, 2017 — The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry today urged tax professionals and businesses to beware of a recent increase in email scams targeting employee Forms W-2. IRS Provides Special Relief to Encourage Leave-Based Donation Programs for Victims of Hurricane Harvey IR-2017-143, Sept. 5, 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced special relief designed to support leave-based donation programs to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey. Update: IRS Waives Diesel Fuel Penalty for All of Texas Due to Hurricane Harvey IR-2017-142, Sept. 3, 2017 - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in response to shortages of undyed diesel fuel caused by Hurricane Harvey, will not impose a penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway. IRS Provides Penalty Relief for Partnerships that Filed Late Returns in 2017 IR-2017-141, Sept. 1, 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance providing penalty relief for certain partnerships that did not file the required returns by the new due date for tax years beginning in 2016. Partnerships file Form 1065 or Form 1065-B or request an automatic extension by filing Form 7004. Summer 2017 Statistics of Income Bulletin Now Available IR-2017-140, Sept. 1, 2017 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that the Summer 2017 Statistics of Income Bulletin is available on IRS.gov. The Statistics of Income (SOI) Division produces the online Bulletin quarterly, providing the most recent data available from various tax and information returns filed by U.S. taxpayers. 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.