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Tax updates and news from the IRS

The Tax updates and news from the IRS page is designed to help anyone whether they are now preparing their tax return or are awaiting processing of a return or refund and the latest updates on IRS letters, or notices. Newer updates will be placed at the top of that page; the IRS will also provide critical updates through social media.

IRS issues frequently asked questions regarding educational assistance programs

Taxpayers may exclude certain educational assistance benefits from their gross income if they are provided under an educational assistance program. Educational assistance benefits include payments for tuition, fees and similar expenses, books, supplies and equipment. They also include principal or interest payments on qualified education loans made by the employer after March 27, 2020, and before Jan. 1, 2026 (unless extended by future legislation).

Missed the April filing deadline

There are options available to help taxpayers who missed the April deadline to file their 2023 federal income tax return. To help taxpayers, the IRS has important payment programs that can help those who have trouble paying the amount owed and special first-time penalty relief for those who qualify.

Document Upload Tool reaches 1 million submissions

The Document Upload Tool (DUT) reached another key milestone, accepting its one millionth taxpayer submission. The tool offers taxpayers and tax professionals the option to respond digitally to eligible IRS notices by securely uploading required documents online through IRS.gov. During the first six months of this fiscal year, more than 265,000 taxpayers used the tool, and the number continues to grow each month.

To learn more about the Document Upload Tool, visit IRS.gov/dut.

Direct File access expanded for more taxpayers starting in 2025 filing season

Following a successful filing season pilot and feedback from a variety of partners, the IRS announced that it will make Direct File a permanent option for filing federal tax returns starting in the 2025 tax season. The IRS plans to announce additional details on the 2025 expansion in the coming months.

Filing deadline for U.S. taxpayers living and working abroad

The IRS reminds taxpayers living and working outside the United States to file their 2023 federal income tax return by Monday, June 17.

This deadline applies to both U.S. citizens and resident aliens abroad, including those with dual citizenship.

Scam alert for taxpayers

The IRS warns taxpayers not to fall for scams centered around the Fuel Tax Credit, the Sick and Family Leave Credit and Household Employment taxes. The agency has received thousands of dubious claims where it appears taxpayers are claiming credits for which they are not eligible, leading to refunds being delayed and the need for taxpayers to show they have legitimate documentation to support these claims. Taxpayers who filed these claims mistakenly and are not eligible need to follow steps to verify their eligibility for the claim.

Many of these scams were highlighted during this spring’s annual Dirty Dozen series.

Check the status of your refund

Taxpayers can track their refund easily and conveniently with the IRS Where's my refund? tool at IRS.gov/refunds and with the IRS2Go app.

Refund status is available within 24 hours of the IRS letting the taxpayer know that they got the e-filed return. The tool also gives the taxpayer a personalized refund date after the IRS processes the return and approves the refund.