National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson delivers her final report to Congress; identifies priority challenges facing the IRS and TAS

IR-2019-119, June 20, 2019 — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 37th and final report to Congress in advance of her previously announced retirement on July 31.

Millions more ITINs set to expire in 2019; IRS says renew early to prevent refund delays

IR-2019-118, June 19, 2019 — Nearly 2 million Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) are set to expire at the end of 2019 as the Internal Revenue Service continues to urge affected taxpayers to submit their renewal applications early to avoid refund delays next year.

Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee issues 2019 Annual Report; Recommendations target identity theft, refund fraud

IR-2019-117, June 19, 2019 — The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) today released its annual report to Congress, featuring recommendations focused on the prevention of identity theft and refund fraud.

Washington, D.C. area IRS Nationwide Tax Forum coming July 9 to 11; Register early to save and hear latest on tax reform, cybersecurity

IR-2019-116, June 18, 2019 — The IRS kicks off the 2019 Nationwide Tax Forum season with special sessions outside the nation’s capital focused on tax reform changes and cybersecurity tips for tax professionals.

IRS, Treasury issue guidance under Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 for cooperatives and patrons of cooperatives

IR-2019-115, June 18, 2019 — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service today issued legal guidance under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 providing information on certain deductions to cooperatives and their patrons.

IRS and Treasury issue guidance related to global intangible low-taxed income (GILTI)

IR-2019-114, June 14, 2019 — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued final and proposed regulations today concerning global intangible low-taxed income under section 951A, the foreign tax credit, the treatment of domestic partnerships for purposes of determining the subpart F income of a partner, and the treatment of income of a controlled foreign corporation subject to a high rate of foreign tax under section 951A.

IRS wants to hear from large corporate taxpayers interested in applying for the Compliance Assurance Process

IR-2019-113, June 14, 2019 — The IRS is asking publicly-traded corporate taxpayers interested in applying to the Compliance Assurance Process (CAP) in 2020 to provide a statement of interest.

IRS reminder: Taxpayers can help determine the right amount of tax to withhold from their paychecks by doing a Paycheck Checkup now

IR-2019-112, June 14, 2019 — The IRS encourages taxpayers to look at their tax withholding now to take charge of their tax situation and avoid a surprise at tax time next year.

IRS reminds taxpayers to adjust tax withholding to pay the right tax amount

IR-2019-111, June 13, 2019 — With this year’s average tax refund around $2,700, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers they have options to control the amount of their take-home pay and the size of their tax refund by adjusting their tax withholding.

IRS Withholding Calculator can help workers have right amount of tax withheld following tax law changes

IR-2019-110, June 12, 2019 — Following the biggest set of tax law changes in more than 30 years, the Internal Revenue Service continues to remind taxpayers to do a Paycheck Checkup to help make sure they are having the right amount of tax withheld.

Final regulations on charitable contributions and state and local tax credits

IR-2019-109, June 11, 2019 — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today issued final regulations that require taxpayers to reduce their charitable contribution deductions by the amount of any state or local tax credits they receive or expect to receive in return.

IRS reminder: Get tax withholding right; do a Paycheck Checkup at least once every year

IR-2019-108, June 11, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to review their 2019 tax withholding using the IRS Withholding Calculator and make any changes with their employer as soon as possible.

IRS continues campaign to encourage taxpayers to do a Paycheck Checkup; use Withholding Calculator to help get right amount for 2019

IR-2019-107, June 10, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today launched a special week-long  campaign encouraging taxpayers to do a Paycheck Checkup now to make sure they are having the right amount of tax taken out of their paychecks for 2019.

IRS warns of higher penalty for some tax returns filed after June 14

IR-2019-106, June 7, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers who owe tax and have not filed their 2018 return to act before Friday, June 14, before a larger penalty kicks in.

IRS reminder: June 17 is next deadline for those who pay estimated taxes

IR-2019-105, June 6, 2019 – The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers who pay estimated taxes that Monday, June 17, is the deadline for the second estimated tax payment for 2019.

IRS reminder: Tax scams continue year-round

IR-2019-104, June 5, 2019 – Although the April filing deadline has passed, scam artists remain hard at work, and the IRS today urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a spring surge of evolving phishing emails and telephone scams.

Interest rates decrease for the third quarter of 2019

IR-2019-103, June 5, 2019 —The IRS today announced that interest rates will decrease for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, 2019.

For taxpayers living, working outside the U.S., file a return by June 17

IR-2019-102, June 5, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers living and working outside of the United States that they must file their 2018 federal income tax return by Monday, June 17.

IRS takes additional steps to protect taxpayer data; plans to end faxing and third-party mailings of certain tax transcripts

IR-2019-101, June 4, 2019 — As part of its ongoing efforts to protect taxpayers from identity thieves, the IRS today announced it will stop its tax transcript faxing service in June and will amend the Form 4506 series to end third-party mailing of tax returns and transcripts in July.

IRS Tax Forum ‘early bird’ registration ends June 15; enroll early, save

IR-2019-100, June 3, 2019 — The IRS is reminding tax professionals that reduced cost “early bird” registration for all five 2019 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums ends June 15 at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

IRS now billing those who filed for 2018 but didn’t pay; many payment options available

IR-2019-99, June 3, 2019 ― The Internal Revenue Service today advised those now receiving tax bills because they filed on time but didn’t pay in full that there are many easy options for paying what they owe.

IRS, Treasury unveil proposed W-4 design for 2020

IR-2019-98, May 31, 2019  — Today the Internal Revenue Service issued a draft of the 2020 Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, that will make accurate withholding easier for employees starting next year.

IRS: Doing a ‘Paycheck Checkup’ is a good idea for workers with multiple jobs

IR-2019-97, May 23, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers who work multiple jobs or who may be adding summer employment to complete a Paycheck Checkup.

IRS releases Data Book for 2018 showing range of tax data including audits, collection actions and taxpayer service

IR-2019-96, May 20, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today released the 2018 IRS Data Book, a snapshot of agency activities for the fiscal year.

LB&I Announces Large Corporate Compliance Program

IR-2019-95, May 16, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced a key advancement in how it identifies its biggest and most complex large corporations.

IRS seeks grant applications for Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program

IR-2019-94, May 16, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service is now accepting applications for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) grant program.

IRS statement and instructions regarding recent software outage

May 14, 2019 — The IRS has been working closely with CCH to ease the impact on taxpayers caused by their recent software outage.

IRS highlights credits and deductions for businesses during Small Business Week

IR-2019-93, May 10, 2019 — During Small Business Week, the IRS reminds small business owners and self-employed individuals to take deductions and credits that will help their bottom line.

During Small Business Week, IRS spotlights expanded tax benefits for depreciation and expensing

IR-2019-92, May 9, 2019 — During Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service is highlighting tax reform changes that impact depreciation and expensing for nearly every business.

During Small Business Week, IRS urges businesses to make estimated tax payments so they don’t owe

IR-2019-91, May 8, 2019 — As part of Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service today reminds small business owners and self-employed people that they can avoid a surprise tax bill and possibly a penalty by making estimated tax payments during the year.

Many tax-exempt organizations have until May 15 to file information returns; IRS warns against including personal data

IR-2019-90, May 7, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service reminded certain tax-exempt organizations that Wednesday, May 15, 2019, is the filing deadline for Form 990-series information returns.

New requirement applies to any business seeking a tax ID number; IRS offers data security tips during National Small Business Week

IR-2019-89, May 7, 2019 — During National Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service wants small business taxpayers and the self-employed to know that, starting May 13, an important change will affect the way it issues employer identification numbers, or EINs.

For Small Business Week: Backup withholding rate now 24 percent, bonuses 22 percent; workers urged to do a Paycheck Checkup

IR-2019-88, May 6, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded small businesses that recent tax reform legislation lowered the backup withholding tax rate to 24 percent and the withholding rate that usually applies to bonuses and other supplemental wages to 22 percent. The agency also urged employers to encourage their employees to check their withholding using the IRS Withholding Calculator.

IRS promotes disaster readiness and Hurricane Preparedness Week

IR-2019-87, May 3, 2019 — Disasters can happen at any time, and the Internal Revenue Service is encouraging taxpayers to be prepared for the unexpected.

IRS seeks nominations for Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council through June 10

IR-2019-86, May 2, 2019 — The IRS is now accepting applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC).

IRS urges data security, paying estimated taxes; highlights tax benefits, online resources during Small Business Week

IR-2019-85, May 2, 2019 — In support of National Small Business Week, May 5-11, the Internal Revenue Service is emphasizing the many IRS online resources available to help small business owners and self-employed individuals handle the tax aspects of their business.

IRS expands retirement plan Determination Letter Program and Self- Correction Program

IR-2019-84, May 1, 2019 — The IRS today announced the expansion of areas for issuing determination letters for certain retirement plans.

IRS accepting applications for 2020 grants for low income taxpayer clinics

IR-2019-83, May 1, 2019 — The IRS today announced that the application period for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grants for calendar year 2020 will run from May 1, 2019, to June 17, 2019.

IRS announces selection of new special counsel to the Chief Counsel

IR-2019-82, April 30, 2019 — The IRS’s Chief Counsel today announced the appointment of Monte A. Jackel to the position of special counsel to the Chief Counsel, Office of Chief Counsel.

For those who missed the tax-filing deadline, IRS says file now to avoid bigger bill

IR-2019-81, April 29, 2019 — While the federal income tax-filing deadline has passed for most people, there are some taxpayers who have not yet filed their tax returns.

Done with taxes this year? Use 2018 return to get 2019 withholding right

IR-2019-80, April 26, 2019 — Millions of taxpayers filed a 2018 tax return in the last few weeks, making now a prime time for everyone to consider whether their tax situation came out as they expected.

IRS announces new personnel selection for Office of Chief Counsel

IR-2019-79, April 25, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service’s Chief Counsel today announced the appointment of Peter Blessing to the position of Associate Chief Counsel, International, Office of Chief Counsel.

IRS seeks applications for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee through May 29

IR-2019-78, April 25, 2019 — The IRS is seeking qualified applicants for nomination to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC).

IRS announces multi-year plan to update, modernize IT systems; Effort focused on improved taxpayer services, expanded cybersecurity and taxpayer data protections

IR-2019-77, April 18, 2019 — The Internal Revenue Service released today a six-year plan to modernize the agency’s Information Technology systems and improve a variety of taxpayer services critical to the nation’s tax system.

Cybersecurity, new tax law, top agenda at Nationwide Tax Forums; Tax Pros: Earn up to 19 Continuing Education Credits

IR-2019-76, April 17, 2019 — The IRS today announced the schedule of this summer’s Nationwide Tax Forums, held in five cities across the country.

IRS issues guidance relating to deferral of gains for investments in a qualified opportunity fund

IR-2019-75, April 17, 2019 –The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance providing additional details about investment in qualified opportunity zones.

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