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Knowing how the IRS contacts taxpayers can help protect people from scammers

Scammers often pose as the IRS to steal taxpayers’ personal information. They may reach out through fraudulent phone calls, emails, texts or social media messages. It’s important for taxpayers to understand how the IRS contacts people, so they don’t...

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  • August 8, 2022

IRS Statement on balance due notices (CP-14)

The IRS is aware that some payments made for 2021 tax returns have not been correctly applied to joint taxpayer accounts, and these taxpayers are receiving erroneous balance due notices (CP-14 notices) or notices showing the incorrect amount. Who...

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  • August 3, 2022

IRS sent incorrect balance due notices to couples

By  Michael Cohn July 28, 2022, 4:35 p.m. EDT1 Min Read Twitter LinkedIn Email Show more sharing options The Internal Revenue Service admitted that some married couples received erroneous balance due notices for their 2021 tax returns. The IRS added...

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  • August 2, 2022

What businesses need to know about reporting nonemployee compensation and backup withholding to the IRS

When a business hires an independent contractor, the employer is generally not responsible for withholding income taxes, Social Security, or Medicare taxes from their compensation. However, by law, business taxpayers who pay nonemployee compensation of $600 or more must...

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  • July 26, 2022

IRS continues work on inventory of tax returns; original tax returns filed in 2021 to be completed this week

WASHINGTON – Following intensive work during the past several months, the Internal Revenue Service announced today that processing on a key group of individual tax returns filed during 2021 will be completed by the end of this week. Due...

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  • June 21, 2022

IRS increases mileage rate for remainder of 2022

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final 6 months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an...

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  • June 10, 2022

IRS reminds taxpayers who haven’t filed yet to choose their tax preparer wisely

Taxpayers who have not yet filed their 2021 tax return may file electronically when they are ready rather than wait until the October 17, 2022, extension deadline. If they are considering hiring a tax preparer, it’s important to choose...

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  • May 23, 2022

IRS Tax Withholding Estimator helps taxpayers get their federal withholding right

All taxpayers should review their federal withholding each year to make sure they’re not having too little or too much tax withheld. Doing this now can help protect against facing an unexpected tax bill or penalty in 2023.The sooner...

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  • May 2, 2022

Identity stolen? Request an Identity Protection PIN from the IRS

IR-2022-78, April 11, 2022 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded all taxpayers – particularly those who are identity theft victims – of an important step they should take to protect themselves from tax fraud. Some identity thieves...

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  • April 13, 2022

Why it may take longer than 21 days for some taxpayers to receive their federal refund

The IRS issues most refunds in fewer than 21 days for taxpayers who file electronically and choose direct deposit. However, some returns have errors or need more review and may take longer to process. The IRS works hard to...

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  • April 8, 2022

Why taxpayers should have their tax refund direct deposited

As the 2022 filing season begins, the IRS encourages taxpayers to file electronically when they are ready and choose direct deposit to get their refund. Direct deposit is the safest and most convenient way to receive a tax refund....

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  • January 27, 2022

Publications help taxpayers get ready and stay ready for tax filing season

With the tax filing season almost here, taxpayers should check out two IRS publications available on IRS.gov. These publications can help people get prepared and stay organized with tips for year-round tax planning. Publication 5348, Get ready to file...

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  • December 16, 2021

Understanding taxpayer rights: The right to privacy

One of the IRS’s top priorities is protecting the privacy of America’s taxpayers. The agency takes this so seriously that the right to privacy is one of ten rights the Taxpayer Bill of Rights gives all taxpayers. Taxpayers have...

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  • November 29, 2021

Taxpayer Advocate Service: Helping taxpayers navigate their IRS issues or concerns

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS that helps taxpayers and protects taxpayers’ rights. They can offer help when tax problems cause a financial difficulty. When the taxpayer has tried and been unable to resolve...

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  • November 10, 2021

IRS help for employers wanting to rehire retirees or keep them after retirement age

The IRS reminds employers they generally won’t jeopardize the tax status of their pension plans if they rehire retirees or permit distributions of retirement benefits to current employees who have reached age 59 ½ or the plan’s normal retirement...

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  • November 4, 2021

All taxpayers have the right to challenge the IRS’s position and be heard

Taxpayers have the right to challenge the IRS’s position and be heard. This is part of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which clearly outlines the fundamental rights every taxpayer has when working with the IRS. Taxpayers have the right...

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  • September 3, 2021

IRS overlooked billions in taxes from S corp execs

The Internal Revenue Service has stepped up efforts to collect employment taxes from S corporation officers, but business owners are still getting away with avoiding billions of dollars in taxes. A new report, released Tuesday by the Treasury Inspector General...

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  • September 2, 2021

What people should and should not do if they get mail from the IRS

Every year the IRS mails letters or notices to taxpayers for many different reasons. Typically, it’s about a specific issue with a taxpayer’s federal tax return or tax account. A notice may tell them about changes to their account...

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  • August 16, 2021

IRS cautions taxpayers about fake charities and scammers targeting immigrants

The IRS continues to observe criminals using a variety of scams that target honest taxpayers. In some cases, these scams will trick taxpayers into doing something illegal or that ultimately causes them financial harm. These scammers may cause otherwise...

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  • July 28, 2021

What taxpayers need know about using the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator

All taxpayers should use the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator to check their withholding. This tool helps people make sure their employers are taking out the right amount of tax from the employee’s paychecks. It can be used by workers,...

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  • July 19, 2021