Tax Time Guide: How to do taxes for free and get refunds fast

IR-2021-44, February 23, 2021 — During this tax season when many people are trying to stay safe at home, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers about ways to do their taxes for free online or with help from volunteers.

Victims of Texas winter storms get deadline extensions and other tax relief

IR-2021-43, February 22, 2021 — Victims of this month’s winter storms in Texas will have until June 15, 2021, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

IRS reminds farmers and fishers of March 1 tax deadline

IR-2021-42, February 19, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service is reminding those with income from a farming or fishing business that they can avoid making any estimated tax payments by filing and paying their entire tax due on or before March 1.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics represented over 20,000 taxpayers dealing with an IRS tax controversy; see the latest program report and the 2021 LITC grant recipient list

IR-2021-41, February 19, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program office today announced highlights from its 2020 annual report, featuring successful taxpayer outreach to thousands of taxpayers.

New law provides additional flexibility for health FSAs and dependent care assistance programs

IR-2021-40, February 18, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today provided greater flexibility, due to the pandemic, to employee benefit plans offering health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) or dependent care assistance programs.

Twenty-four new members join the 2021 Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

IR-2021-39, February 18, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service recommended, and the Department of the Treasury has approved, the selection of 24 new members to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel for 2021.

As required by law, all first and second Economic Impact Payments issued; eligible people can claim Recovery Rebate Credit

IR-2021-38, February 16, 2021 — The IRS announced today that, as required by law, all legally permitted first and second round of Economic Impact Payments have been issued and the IRS now turns its full attention to the 2021 filing season.

Register now for free Feb. 18 IRS webinar on how to choose a tax professional

IR-2021-37, February 12, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service will hold a free webinar, “How to Choose a Tax Pro,” on Thursday, February 18 at 2 p.m. Eastern time.

Get ready for tax season using IRS Online Account

IR-2021-36, February 11, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers they can securely access their IRS account information through their individual online account.

Avoid pandemic paper delays: Use e-file with direct deposit for faster refunds as IRS prepares to open 2020 filing season

IR-2021-35, February 11, 2021 — With filing season opening on February 12, the Internal Revenue Service urged taxpayers to take some simple steps to help ensure they file accurate tax returns and speed their tax refunds to avoid a variety of pandemic-related issues.

IRS, Summit partners issue urgent EFIN scam alert to tax professionals

IR-2021-34, February 10, 2021 — The IRS, state tax agencies and tax industry today warned tax professionals of a new scam email that impersonates the IRS and attempts to steal Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs).

Double-check for missing or incorrect Forms W-2, 1099 before filing taxes

IR-2021-33, February 9, 2021 — With some areas seeing mail delays, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to double-check to make sure they have all of their tax documents, including Forms W-2 and 1099, before filing a tax return.

IRS names Sieger to permanent position of CIO

IR-2021-32, February 9, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that Nancy Sieger has been selected as the Chief Information Officer. She has served as acting CIO since June 2019.

New IRS form available for self-employed individuals to claim COVID-19 sick and family leave tax credits under FFCRA

IR-2021-31, February 8, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that a new form is available for eligible self-employed individuals to claim sick and family leave tax credits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Beware of "ghost" preparers who don’t sign tax returns

IR-2021-30, February 5, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to avoid “ghost” tax return preparers whose refusal to sign returns can cause a frightening array of problems.

IRS names Maloy as director of Taxpayer First Act Office

IR-2021-29, February 5, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today named Heather C. Maloy to the position of director, Taxpayer First Act Office. She will report directly to the IRS Commissioner in her new role.

Educators can now deduct out-of-pocket expenses for COVID-19 protective items 

IR-2021-28, February 4, 2021 — Eligible educators can deduct unreimbursed expenses for COVID-19 protective items to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the classroom.

New law increases deduction limit for corporate cash contributions for disaster relief; IRS provides recordkeeping relief

IR-2021-27, January 29, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today explained how corporations may qualify for the new 100% limit for disaster relief contributions and offered a temporary waiver of the recordkeeping requirement for corporations otherwise qualifying for the increased limit.

IRS updates FAQs on paid sick leave credit and family leave credit 

IR-2021-26, January 29, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today posted updated FAQs about recent legislation that extended and amended tax relief to certain small- and mid-sized employers under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

EITC Awareness Day: Critical tax credit provides a significant refund boost to millions

IR-2021-25, January 29, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service and partners across the nation remind taxpayers about the Earned Income Tax Credit today on “EITC Awareness Day” 2021.

IRS offers guidance to taxpayers on identity theft involving unemployment benefits

IR-2021-24, January 28, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers who receive Forms 1099-G for unemployment benefits they did not actually get because of identity theft to contact their appropriate state agency for a corrected form.

Important reminders before filing 2020 tax returns

IR-2021-23, January 27, 2021 — Following an unpredictable year with many changes and challenges, the Internal Revenue Service today shared important reminders for taxpayers who are about to file their 2020 federal tax returns.

IRS creates new Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer position; Ken Corbin to lead new focus to improve service to taxpayers

IR-2021-22, January 26, 2021 — As part of a larger effort related to the Taxpayer First Act, the IRS announced today the creation of a new Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer position to help unify and expand efforts across the agency to serve taxpayers.

New law extends COVID tax credit for employers who keep workers on payroll

IR-2021-21, January 26, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service urges employers to take advantage of the newly-extended employee retention credit, designed to make it easier for businesses that, despite challenges posed by COVID-19, choose to keep their employees on the payroll.

New IRS "Submit Forms 2848 and 8821 Online" offers contact-free signature options for tax pros and clients sending authorization forms

IR-2021-20, January 25, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today rolled out a new online option that will help tax professionals remotely obtain signatures from individual and business clients and submit authorization forms electronically.

Get a federal tax refund faster with direct deposit

IR-2021-19, January 22, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that the fastest way to get their tax refund is by filing electronically and choosing direct deposit.

IRS urges taxpayers to gather tax documents now for smooth filing later

IR-2021-18, January 22, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that organizing tax records is an important first step for getting ready to prepare and file their 2020 tax return.

Employers can withhold, make payments of deferred Social Security taxes from 2020

IR-2021-17, January 19, 2021 — The IRS today released Notice 2021-11 addressing how employers who elected to defer certain employees’ taxes can withhold and pay the deferred taxes throughout 2021 instead of just the first four months of the year.

2021 tax filing season begins Feb. 12; IRS outlines steps to speed refunds during pandemic

IR-2021-16, January 15, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation's tax season will start on Friday, February 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.

IRS Free File available today; claim Recovery Rebate Credit and other tax credits

IR-2021-15, January 15, 2021 — IRS Free File – online tax preparation products available at no charge – launched today, giving taxpayers an early opportunity to claim credits like the Recovery Rebate Credit and other deductions, the Internal Revenue Service announced.

Businesses have Feb. 1 deadline to provide Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC to recipients

IR-2021-14, January 14, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded businesses and other payors that the revised Form 1099-MISC, Miscellaneous Income, and the new Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, must be furnished to most recipients by February 1, 2021.

IRS reminds taxpayers to make final estimated tax payment for 2020

IR-2021-13, January 14, 2021 — Taxpayers who paid too little tax during 2020 can still avoid a tax-time bill and possible penalties by making a quarterly estimated tax payment now, directly to the Internal Revenue Service.

IRS selects new IRSAC members for 2021

IR-2021-12, January 13, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the appointment of 13 new members to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council.

National Taxpayer Advocate delivers Annual Report to Congress; focuses on taxpayer impact of COVID-19 and IRS funding needs

IR-2021-11, January 13, 2021 — National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins today released her 2020 Annual Report to Congress, focusing on the unprecedented challenges taxpayers faced in filing their tax returns and receiving refunds and stimulus payments during a year consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

IRS ready for the upcoming tax season; last-minute changes to tax laws included in IRS forms and instructions

IR-2021-10, January 12, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today assured taxpayers and tax professionals that updates to key federal tax forms and instructions are complete and will be available when Americans begin filing their tax returns.

All taxpayers now eligible for Identity Protection PINs

IR-2021-09, January 12, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today expanded the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to all taxpayers who can verify their identities.

IRS seeks applications for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee through March 1

IR-2021-08, January 11, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service is seeking qualified applicants for nomination to the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee.

IRS sends Taxpayer First Act Report to Congress

IR-2021-07, January 11, 2021 — The IRS today sent the Taxpayer First Act Report to Congress, a comprehensive set of recommendations that will reimagine the taxpayer experience, enhance employee training and restructure the organization to increase collaboration and innovation.

Treasury issues millions of second Economic Impact Payments by debit card

IR-2021-06, January 7, 2021 —  Starting this week, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are sending approximately 8 million second Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) by prepaid debit card.

Treasury, IRS provide final regulations to help businesses claim credits for carbon capture 

IR-2021-05, January 6, 2021 — Today the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations regarding the credit for qualified carbon oxide captured using carbon capture equipment placed in service on or after February 9, 2018.

Eligible Paycheck Protection Program expenses now deductible

IR-2021-04, January 6, 2021 — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance today allowing deductions for the payments of eligible expenses when such payments would result (or be expected to result) in the forgiveness of a loan (covered loan) under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

IRS releases 2020 Progress Update; annual report details unprecedented year

IR-2021-03, January 5, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today released its 2020 annual report describing the agency’s work delivering taxpayer service and compliance efforts during COVID-19 while spotlighting actions taken by IRS employees to help people during the challenging year.

IRS revises Form 1024-A, application for Section 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status as part of ongoing efforts to improve service

IR-2021-02, January 5, 2021 — As part of ongoing efforts to improve service for the tax-exempt community, the Internal Revenue Service issued the revised Form 1024-A, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(4), and its instructions to allow electronic filing.

Economic Impact Payments on their way, visit IRS.gov instead of calling

IR-2021-01, January 4, 2021 — The Internal Revenue Service today urged people to visit IRS.gov for the most current information on the second round of Economic Impact Payments rather than calling the agency or their financial institutions or tax software providers.

Treasury, IRS provide relief for those developing renewable energy projects offshore or on federal land

IR-2020-281, December 31, 2020 — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance providing an extension of the safe harbor for taxpayers developing renewable energy projects offshore or on federal land.

Treasury and IRS begin delivering second round of Economic Impact Payments to millions of Americans

IR-2020-280, December 29, 2020 — Today, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department will begin delivering a second round of Economic Impact Payments as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 to millions of Americans who received the first round of payments earlier this year.

IRS issues standard mileage rates for 2021

IR-2020-279, December 22, 2020 — The IRS today issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Year-end reminder: Expanded tax benefits help individuals and businesses give to charity during 2020

IR-2020-278, December 18, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today explained how expanded tax benefits can help both individuals and businesses give to charity before the end of this year. 

Get Ready for Taxes: Stay home and stay safe with IRS online tools

IR-2020-277, December 16, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to take necessary actions now to help file federal tax returns timely and accurately in 2021.

IRS: Volunteers needed for free tax prep help

IR-2020-276, December 11, 2020 — Safety and social distancing, along with virtual options, will be the emphasis now and for the upcoming tax season as the Internal Revenue Service seeks volunteers to provide free tax return preparation through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs.

Treasury and IRS issue final regulations on the deduction for qualified transportation fringe and commuting expenses

IR-2020-275, December 9, 2020 — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations on the deduction for qualified transportation fringe and commuting expenses following changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

IRS has begun sending letters to taxpayers that may need to take action related to Qualified Opportunity Funds

IR-2020-274, December 9, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service has started sending letters to taxpayers that may need to take additional actions related to Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOF).

IRS provides guidance on legislation that increases automatic enrollment cap percentage and eases burdens for certain safe harbor plans

IR-2020-273, December 9, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today issued Notice 2020-86 addressing certain provisions of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act) affecting safe harbor plans, including safe harbor 401(k) plans and certain 403(b) plans.

Get Ready for Taxes: What’s new and what to consider when filing in 2021

IR-2020-272, December 8, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to take necessary actions in the final weeks of the year to help file federal tax returns timely and accurately in 2021.

National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 5: Security Summit alerts tax professionals to potential telework scams during COVID-19, urges all practitioners to use multi-factor authentication

IR-2020-271, December 4, 2020 — The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry marked the final day of National Tax Security Awareness Week with a warning to all tax professionals that they face additional challenges from cybercriminals seeking to exploit COVID-19 fears.

Interest rates remain the same for the first quarter of 2021

IR-2020-270, December 3, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2021.

IRS to employers: Remember February 1, 2021 deadline for Form W-2, other wage statements

IR-2020-269, December 3, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded employers that they must file Form W-2 and other wage statements by February 1, 2021, to avoid penalties and help the IRS prevent fraud.

National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 4: Security Summit urges businesses to tighten security, offers new protections against identity theft

IR-2020-268, December 3, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry urged businesses to be on guard as thieves try to use their stolen names and data to file fraudulent tax returns.

National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 3: IRS expands Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to taxpayers nationwide

IR-2020-267, December 2, 2020 — As part of the Security Summit effort, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that starting in January the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program will be expanded to all taxpayers who can properly verify their identities.

IRS National Tax Security Awareness Week, Day 2: 2021 online tax preparation products to offer multi-factor authentication for taxpayers, tax pros

IR-2020-266, December 1, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today marked the second day of National Tax Security Awareness Week by announcing an improved feature that will be available on all 2021 online tax preparation products.

National Tax Security Awareness Week opens with warnings to all taxpayers and tax professionals as holidays, 2021 tax season approach

IR-2020-265, November 30, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today issued warnings to all taxpayers and tax professionals to beware of scams and identity theft schemes by criminals taking advantage of the combination of holiday shopping, the approaching tax season and coronavirus concerns.

Special $300 tax deduction helps most people give to charity this year – even if they don’t itemize

IR-2020-264, November 25, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers of a special new provision that will allow more people to easily deduct up to $300 in donations to qualifying charities this year.

Get Ready for Taxes: Steps to take now to make tax filing easier in 2021

IR-2020-263, November 24, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to take necessary actions this fall to help file federal tax returns timely and accurately in 2021.

The Treasury Department and IRS issue final regulations regarding like-kind exchanges of real property

IR-2020-262, November 23, 2020 — Today the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations relating to section 1031 like-kind exchanges.

IRS announces procurement research partnership to improve contracting processes

IR-2020-261, November 23, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service’s Office of the Chief Procurement Officer today announced a research partnership with Data and Analytic Solutions, a small business located in Fairfax, Virginia.

Register by Nov. 21 to get an Economic Impact Payment; same deadline for federal beneficiaries to get missed $500 per child payments

IR-2020-260, November 19, 2020 — The IRS Service today reminded people who don’t normally file tax returns that they have until November 21 at 3 p.m. Eastern time to register for an Economic Impact Payment.

Security Summit partners announce National Tax Security Awareness Week dates; urge increased security measures as fraudsters exploit COVID-19 concerns

IR-2020-259, November 19, 2020 — The IRS, state tax agencies and the nation's tax industry today announced that the 5th Annual National Tax Security Awareness Week will take place between November 30 and December 4.

IRS Advisory Council issues 2020 Annual Report

IR-2020-258, November 18, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) today issued its annual report for 2020, including recommendations to the IRS on new and continuing issues in tax administration.

Nov. 21 deadline nears to register online for Economic Impact Payment; Some people can claim special credit next tax filing season

IR-2020-257, November 17, 2020 — The IRS today reminded anyone who doesn’t normally file a tax return that they have until 3 p.m. EST this Saturday, November 21, to register with the IRS for an Economic Impact Payment.

Get Ready for Taxes: Get ready now to file 2020 federal income tax returns

IR-2020-256, November 17, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to take necessary actions this fall to help them file their federal tax returns timely and accurately in 2021, including special steps related to Economic Impact Payments.

IRS Criminal Investigation releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report; identifies $2.3 billion in tax fraud

IR-2020-255, November 16, 2020 — The IRS today released the Criminal Investigation Division's annual report, highlighting the agency’s successes and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2020, the majority of which occurred during COVID-19.

IRS to mask key business transcript details; protect taxpayers from identity theft

IR-2020-254, November 13, 2020 — Moving to protect business taxpayers from identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service today announced that starting December 13 it will begin masking sensitive data on business tax transcripts.

IRS reminder to non-filers: Nov. 10 is ‘National EIP Registration Day;’ Community partners can help people sign up for Economic Impact Payment

IR-2020-253, November 9, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today urged anyone who doesn’t normally file a tax return and has not yet received an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) to take advantage of “National EIP Registration Day,” on Tuesday, November 10.

IRS provides certainty regarding the deductibility of payments by partnerships and S corporations for State and local income taxes

IR-2020-252, November 9, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued Notice 2020-75, which announces rules to be included in forthcoming proposed regulations.

IRS provides guidance on certain distributions from terminating 403(b) plans

IR-2020-251, November 5, 2020 — The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance for employers and employees with terminating 403(b) plans that fund benefits through 403(b)(7) custodial accounts.

Many college students may still qualify for an Economic Impact Payment; review the guidelines and register by Nov. 21 at IRS.gov

IR-2020-250, November 5, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today urged any eligible self-supporting college student who doesn’t need to file a tax return to register by November 21 so they can receive an Economic Impact Payment before the end of the year.

Security Summit partners warn taxpayers of new COVID-related text scam

IR-2020-249, November 4, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned of a new text scam created by thieves that trick people into disclosing bank account information under the guise of receiving the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment.

IRS makes it easier to set up payment agreements; offers other relief to taxpayers struggling with tax debts

IR-2020-248, November 2, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced a number of changes designed to help struggling taxpayers impacted by COVID-19 more easily settle their tax debts with the IRS.

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