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2021 tax filing season set to begin February 12

The IRS will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns on Friday, Feb.12, 2021. People who are ready to file can begin filing their tax returns with tax prep software, including IRS Free File. Software providers are accepting...

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  • January 29, 2021

IRS offers guidance to taxpayers on identity theft involving unemployment benefits

WASHINGTON – 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. States issue Forms 1099-G...

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  • January 29, 2021

Get a federal tax refund faster with direct deposit

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers that the fastest way to get their tax refund is by filing electronically and choosing direct deposit. Direct deposit is free, fast, simple, safe and secure. Taxpayers can even split...

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  • January 28, 2021

Taxpayers can start the new tax year off right by checking their withholding

A new year means a fresh start. One way people can get the new tax year off to a good start is by checking their federal income tax withholding. They can do this using the Tax Withholding Estimator on...

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  • January 21, 2021

Eligible Paycheck Protection Program expenses now deductible

WASHINGTON – 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)...

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  • January 14, 2021

February 1 is the deadline for employers to issue and file wage statements

Employers must file Form W-2 and other wage statements by Monday, February 1, 2021. This is also the date Form W-2s are due to employees. By law, employers are required to file copies of their Form W-2, Wage and...

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  • January 8, 2021

IRS issues standard mileage rates for 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service 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. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, the standard mileage...

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  • January 6, 2021

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

WASHINGTON – 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...

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  • December 30, 2020

New things taxpayers should consider as they get ready to file taxes in 2021

When people get ready to file their federal tax return there are new things to consider when it comes to which credits to claim and what deductions to take. These things can affect the size of any refund the...

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  • December 21, 2020

Most taxpayers can deduct up to $300 in charitable contributions without itemizing deductions

Following tax law changes, cash donations of up to $300 made this year by December 31, 2020 are now deductible without having to itemize when people file their taxes in 2021. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act...

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  • December 15, 2020

Taxpayers should check out these tips before choosing a tax preparer

As taxpayers get ready to file their 2021 taxes, they may be thinking about hiring a tax preparer. People should choose a tax preparer wisely. This is important because taxpayers are responsible for all the information on their return,...

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  • December 7, 2020

Tips to help people stay safe online

These days most people are spending more time at home and a lot more time online. Whether people are online for work, school, a virtual gathering or shopping, online security is more important than ever. Everyone should be mindful...

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  • December 1, 2020

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

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to take necessary actions this fall to help file federal tax returns timely and accurately in 2021. This is the second in a series of reminders to help taxpayers get...

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  • November 30, 2020

Here’s how taxpayers can check if their charitable donation is tax deductible

The arrival of the holiday season is when many people think about how they can give back. Often taxpayers want to donate to a charity. The IRS has a tool that can help people figure out if giving to...

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  • November 25, 2020

Here’s what taxpayers can do now to Get Ready to file taxes in 2021

There are steps people can take now to make sure their tax filing experience goes smoothly in 2021. First, they can visit the Get Ready page on IRS.gov. Here are a few other things people can do now: Check...

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  • November 23, 2020

Taxpayer Relief Initiative aims to help those financially affected by COVID-19

The IRS reviewed its collection activities to see how it could provide relief for taxpayers who owe taxes but are struggling financially because of the pandemic. The agency is expanding taxpayer options for making payments and other ways to...

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  • November 19, 2020

Here’s who qualifies for the employee business expense deduction

Employee business expenses can be deducted as an adjustment to income only for specific employment categories and eligible educators. Taxpayers can no longer claim unreimbursed employee expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions, unless they are a qualified employee or an...

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  • November 17, 2020

IRS provides tax inflation adjustments for tax year 2021

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the tax year 2021 annual inflation adjustments for more than 60 tax provisions, including the tax rate schedules and other tax changes. Revenue Procedure 2020-45 provides details about these annual adjustments....

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  • November 12, 2020

Reminder to all taxpayers: Gift cards are not used to make tax payments

Gift cards are a popular and convenient gift for all occasions. They’re also a tool that scammers use to steal money from people. Scammers often target taxpayers by asking them to pay a fake tax bill with gift cards....

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  • November 9, 2020

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

WASHINGTON – 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. The IRS assessed its collection activities to see how it...

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  • November 6, 2020