IRS: Employee Retention Credit available for many businesses financially impacted by COVID-19

IR-2020-62, March 31, 2020 — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll.

Economic impact payments: What you need to know

IR-2020-61, March 30, 2020 – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people.

Longtime tax pro Erin Collins begins as new National Taxpayer Advocate; Collins takes on job early to help with COVID-19 response

IR-2020-60, March 27, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced Erin M. Collins will start her term as the National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) on Monday, March 30, and lead the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the IRS.

IRS unveils new People First Initiative; COVID-19 effort temporarily adjusts, suspends key compliance program

IR-2020-59, March 25, 2020 — To help people facing the challenges of COVID-19 issues, the Internal Revenue Service announced today a sweeping series of steps to assist taxpayers by providing relief on a variety of issues ranging from easing payment guidelines to postponing compliance actions.

Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed.

IR-2020-58, March 21, 2020 — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave 

IR-2020-57, March 20, 2020 — Today the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the U.S. Department of Labor (Labor) announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees

Tax Time Guide: Guard personal, financial and tax information year-round

IR-2020-56, March 13, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers to remain vigilant with their personal information by securing computers and mobile phones.

IRS announces waivers for Offer in Compromise applications

IR-2020-55, March 12, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the release of final regulations that increase the Offer in Compromise application fee to $205 and provide an additional way for the IRS to waive the Offer in Compromise application fee for low-income taxpayers, based on their adjusted gross income (AGI).

IRS: High-deductible health plans can cover coronavirus costs

IR-2020-54, March 11, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today advised that high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) can pay for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)-related testing and treatment, without jeopardizing their status.

Tax Time Guide: Tax Withholding Estimator helps retirees, workers and self-employed calculate taxes, fill out new Form W-4

IR-2020-53, March 10, 2020 — The IRS is encouraging taxpayers to take control of the size of their refund using the Tax Withholding Estimator on IRS.gov.

Get up-to-date information including the annual IRS "Dirty Dozen" with IRS e-News Subscriptions

IR-2020-52, March 9, 2020 — The IRS today reminded taxpayers, businesses, tax professionals and others to take advantage of a wide variety of free IRS email subscription services that feature things like the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams, which is coming this month.

IRS extends April 15 and other upcoming deadlines, provides other tax relief for victims of Tennessee tornadoes

IR-2020-51, March 6, 2020 — Victims of this week’s tornadoes and severe storms in parts of Tennessee, including Nashville, will have until July 15, 2020, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the IRS announced today.

Two updated IRA publications, other online resources can help anyone planning for retirement

IR-2020-50, March 6, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service has updated two comprehensive publications designed to help anyone making IRA contributions or receiving IRA distributions for tax year 2019 or considering making retirement donations before April 15, 2020.

IRS Criminal Investigation veteran selected as new Fraud Enforcement Director

IR-2020-49, March 5, 2020 — As part of a continuing focus on compliance issues, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that Damon Rowe will serve as the agency’s director of the newly created Fraud Enforcement Office beginning in mid-March.

Tax Time Guide: Payment options available for those who owe

IR-2020-48, March 5, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that if they need to make a tax payment or owe and can’t pay, the IRS offers several options.

Tax Time Guide: Check out these free tax return preparation options

IR-2020-47, March 3, 2020 — The IRS reminds taxpayers that free tax help is available in-person at nearly 11,000 volunteer sites nationwide and online through IRS Free File.

Interest rates remain the same for the second quarter of 2020

IR-2020-46, February 28, 2020 – The IRS today announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning April 1, 2020.

Tax Time Guide: IRS.gov’s "Where’s My Refund?" tool is fastest, easiest way to check on tax refunds

IR-2020-45, February 28, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers today that the best way to check on their tax refund is by using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool at IRS.gov or through the IRS2Go Mobile App.

Some popular tax benefits renewed for 2019; IRS Publication 17 Helps with 2019 Taxes

IR-2020-44, February 26, 2020 ― The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that it is processing tax returns claiming benefits extended or changed by recent legislation.

Low income taxpayer clinics represented 19,513 taxpayers dealing with an IRS tax controversy; see the latest program report and the 2020 LITC grant recipient list

IR-2020-43, February 26, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program Office has issued its annual program report.

Tax Time Guide: Millions make IRS.gov their first stop for tax help

IR-2020-42, February 25, 2020 — Whether on home computers or mobile devices, the number of taxpayer visits to IRS.gov continues to grow year after year. Millions of taxpayers take advantage of the easy-to-use tools available 24 hours a day on the official website − IRS.gov.

O’Dell to serve as IRS Promoter Investigations Coordinator

IR-2020-41, February 24, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that Brendan O’Dell will serve as the agency’s new promoter investigations coordinator.

Newly-revised IRS publication explains tax benefits for members of the military

IR-2020-40, February 24, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service has released its newly-revised tax guide, designed to help members of the military understand the many special tax benefits available to them under the law.

IRS updates guidance on business expense deductions for meals and entertainment

IR-2020-39, February 24, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations on the business expense deduction for meals and entertainment following changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA).

Treasury, IRS issue guidance to farmers on uniform capitalization rules

IR-2020-38, February 21, 2020 – The Treasury Department and IRS today issued Revenue Procedure 2020-13 providing procedures for farmers who have elected out of certain capitalization rules and want to apply the small business taxpayer exemption in the same taxable year.

Many farmers, fishermen face March 2 tax deadline; IRS encourages convenience of IRS Direct Pay

IR-2020-37, February 20, 2020 — The IRS reminds farmers and fishermen who chose to forgo making quarterly estimated tax payments that they must file their 2019 Form 1040 along with a payment for all taxes owed by Monday, March 2, 2020.

IRS seeks volunteers to be the voice of the Taxpayer on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

IR-2020-36, February 19, 2020 — The IRS today announced it is seeking civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP).

IRS provides answers and a safe harbor on carbon capture credits

IR-2020-35, February 19, 2020 — The IRS today issued guidance to help businesses understand how legislation passed in 2018 may benefit those claiming carbon capture credits.

IRS increases visits to high-income taxpayers who haven’t filed tax returns

IR-2020-34, February 19, 2020 — As part of a larger effort to ensure compliance and fairness, the Internal Revenue Service today announced that it will step up efforts to visit high-income taxpayers who in prior years have failed to timely file one or more of their tax returns.

J5 tax chiefs closing the net on global tax evasion

IR-2020-33, February 19, 2020 — Leaders from five international tax organizations came together in Sydney, Australia, this week to review the J5’s progress in their fight against transnational tax crime and set priorities for the year ahead.

IRS urges tax professionals, taxpayers to protect tax software accounts with multi-factor authentication

IR-2020-32, February 14, 2020 — The IRS and its Security Summit partners today called on tax professionals and taxpayers to use the free, multi-factor authentication feature being offered on tax preparation software products.

Avoid the rush: Track tax refunds using the "Where’s My Refund?" tool at IRS.gov

IR-2020-31, February 14, 2020 — Offering time-saving alternatives to a telephone call, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers they can get fast answers to their refund questions by using the “Where’s My Refund?” tool available on IRS.gov and through the IRS2Go app.

IRS: Avoid the rush after Presidents Day holiday; Use IRS’ online tools to get help

IR-2020-30, February 13, 2020 — With a surge of tax returns expected the two weeks following the Feb. 17 Presidents Day holiday, the Internal Revenue Service is offering taxpayers several tips and various time-saving resources to get them the help they need quickly and easily.

Feb. 20 IRS webinar focuses on gig economy

IR-2020-29, February 12, 2020 — The Internal Revenue Service is holding a free webinar designed to help gig workers, employers, contractors and other businesses understand their tax reporting responsibilities.,/p>

IRS, Treasury issue proposed regulations updating income tax withholding rules

IR-2020-28, February 11, 2020 — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS today issued proposed regulations updating the federal income tax withholding rules to reflect changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and other legislation. 

IRS launches Identity Theft Central

IR-2020-27, February 3, 2020 — The IRS today launched Identity Theft Central, designed to improve online access to information on identity theft and data security protection for taxpayers, tax professionals and businesses.

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