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IRS Statements and Announcements

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) Statement‎ about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)
June 2, 2017 — The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is now available for borrowers for income-driven repayment plan applications. New encryption protections have been added. The IRS DRT will return to the online FAFSA form in October.

IRS and U.S. Department of Education Office of FSA Statement‎ about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool - March 9, 2017
March 9, 2017 - The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is currently unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

IRS Statement on "Get an IP PIN" Tool
July 19, 2016 — The IRS today announced that the “Get an IP PIN” tool has returned to with a stronger authentication process to help protect taxpayers.

IRS Takes Steps to Strengthen IVES Program; Works with Industry to Quickly Implement New Safeguards
June 23, 2016 — As part of a wider effort to protect taxpayer information and strengthen authentication standards, the IRS is putting in place new requirements for participants using the Income Verification Express Service, a service supporting the lending industry to verify loan applicant’s incomes.

IRS Statement on the Electronic Filing PIN
June 23, 2016 — As a precautionary step to protect taxpayers, the IRS today announced that the electronic filing PIN tool  is no longer available on or by toll-free phone following additional questionable activity.

IRS Takes Steps to Help Students and Others; Outlines Interim Process for Obtaining Refunds of Withholding Tax Reported on Form 1042-S, Foreign Person’s U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding
June 6, 2016 — The IRS is taking steps to help foreign students at United States colleges and universities and other foreign taxpayers who are experiencing difficulties in obtaining refunds of withholding tax reported on Form 1042-S.

Houston Area Taxpayers Affected by Severe Weather May Qualify for Relief from Penalties on Late Tax Returns
April 18, 2016 — The IRS today advised taxpayers who are affected by severe weather in the Houston area and other parts of Texas that they may qualify for relief from penalties if they are unable to meet today’s deadline for filing 2015 tax returns.

IRS Statement on IP PIN
March 7, 2016 — As part of its ongoing security review, the Internal Revenue Service temporarily suspended the Identity Protection PIN tool on and is conducting a further review of the application.

IRS Statement On “Get Transcript”
Feb. 26, 2016 — Following an incident involving the IRS’s “Get Transcript” application discovered last May, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration conducted a nine-month long investigation looking back to the launch of the application in January 2014 for additional suspicious activity.

IRS Statement on E-filing PIN
Feb. 9, 2016 -- The IRS recently identified and halted an automated attack upon its Electronic Filing PIN application on

Update: IRS Systems are Operating
Feb. 4, 2016 — The IRS announced it resumed processing individual and business tax returns at approximately 5 p.m. Thursday following resolution of its system outage.

IRS Statement on the Opening of the 2016 Filing Season
Jan. 19, 2016 — The IRS successfully opened its systems today in a smooth opening of the 2016 tax filing season. Through mid-day, the IRS had received several hundred thousand tax returns.

Additional IRS Statement on the "Get Transcript" Incident
Aug. 17, 2015 — The IRS has issued an additional statement on the Get Transcript incident, discussing its extensive review covering the 2015 filing season.

IRS Statement on the Senate Finance Committee Report
Aug. 5, 2015 — The IRS has issued a statement on the Senate Finance Committee report.

IRS Statement on the "Get Transcript" Application
May 26, 2015 — The IRS announced that criminals used data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through IRS’ “Get Transcript” application.

IRS Statement on Interim Process for Making Advance Monthly Payments of the HCTC for 2016
The IRS expects to be able to make advance monthly payments of the Health Coverage Tax Credit to some individuals beginning in mid-summer 2016 using a limited interim process.

Statement of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
Feb. 2, 2015 — Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen commented on the proposed budget for the IRS for FY 2016.

Statement on Health Coverage Information Reporting by Employers
July 24, 2014 — The IRS has issued a statement on draft forms that will be used by employers to report employee health coverage.

IRS Statement
June 14, 2014 — IRS issues a statement on an IRS letter to the Senate Finance Committee.

IRS Statement on "Heartbleed" and Filing Season
April 9, 2014 — The IRS has issued a statement on the "Heartbleed" security flaw. Our systems continue operating and are not affected by this bug.

IRS Statement on Data Security Employee Issue
March 18, 2014 — The IRS today issued a statement on a data security employee issue.

IRS Operations Resumption Statement
The IRS started reopening operations on Oct. 17. Our employees are reporting back to work, and we are assessing the impact of the 16-day shutdown on our national operations.

IRS Statement on Obtaining eMails
The IRS administers the nation's tax laws in a way that follows the law and treats taxpayers with respect.

IRS Statement on Court Ruling Related to Return Preparers
The IRS has issued a statement on a court ruling related to enforcement of regulatory requirements for registered tax return preparers.

Prepared Remarks of William J. Wilkins, IRS Chief Counsel, at the Tax Executives Institute, March 18, 2013
IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins speaks at the Tax Executives Institute on March 18, 2013.

Remarks by Steven T. Miller, IRS Acting Commissioner, at a Press Conference Call on Identity Theft Sweep, Washington, D.C., Feb. 7, 2013
Feb. 7, 2013 — Remarks by Steven T. Miller, IRS Acting Commissioner, during a press conference call on the Identity Theft Sweep.

IRS Conferences and Cost Savings FY2010 Thru FY2012
Check here for IRS comments and additional information regarding the report issued by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration on IRS conferences from FY 2010 through the end of FY 2012.

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