News Releases for December 2020

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 —The IRS and the Treasury Department will begin delivering a second round of Economic Impact Payments 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.

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