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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

New voice bot options mean faster service and less wait time for taxpayers

The IRS’s new voice bot options mean less time on hold for taxpayers trying to verify their identity to set up or modify a payment plan. Voice bots run on software powered by artificial intelligence, which allows a caller...

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  • July 7, 2022

Year-round tax planning: All taxpayers should understand eligibility for credits and deductions

Tax credits and deductions can help lower the amount of tax owed. All taxpayers should begin planning now to take advantage of the credits and deductions they are eligible for when they file their 2022 federal income tax return...

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  • July 5, 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

Taxpayers should open and carefully read any mail from the IRS

The IRS mails letters or notices to taxpayers for a variety of reasons including: They have a balance due. • They are due a larger or smaller refund. • The agency has a question about their tax return. •...

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  • May 10, 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

Filing season security tip: Know the facts about how the IRS contacts taxpayers

It’s important for everyone should know how the IRS contacts taxpayers. This will help people avoid becoming a victim of scammers who pretend to be from the IRS with a goal of money or stealing personal information. Here are...

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  • April 1, 2022

Common tax return mistakes that can cost taxpayers

Tax laws are complicated but the most common tax return errors are surprising simple. Many mistakes can be avoided by filing electronically. Tax software does the math, flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information. It can also...

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  • January 25, 2022

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

Homeownership and taxes: Things taxpayers should consider when selling a house

It’s important for taxpayers to understand how selling their home may affect their tax return. When filing their taxes, they may qualify to exclude all or part of any gain from the sale from their income. Here are some...

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  • June 14, 2021

Checking withholding can help taxpayers decide if they need to give their employer a new W-4

All taxpayers should review their federal withholding each year to make sure they’re not having too little or too much tax withheld. Employees, retirees and self-employed individuals can use the IRS Tax Withholding Estimator to help decide if they should...

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  • May 27, 2021

Here’s why some people got more than one notice about their Economic Impact Payments

After each of the three Economic Impact Payments is issued, the IRS is required to mail a notice to each recipient’s last known address. The notice provides information about the amount of the payment, how it was made and...

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  • May 3, 2021

Taxpayers shouldn’t believe these myths about federal tax refunds

Now that many taxpayers have filed their federal tax returns, they’re eager for details about their refund. When it comes to refunds, there are several common myths that can mislead taxpayers. Getting a refund this year means there’s no...

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  • May 3, 2021

Common and costly errors taxpayers should avoid when preparing a tax return

Electronically filing a tax return reduces errors because the tax software does the math, flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for missing information. It can also help taxpayers claim valuable credits and deductions. Using a reputable tax preparer –...

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  • February 24, 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

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

Some taxpayers may need to make estimated tax payments

Some taxpayers earn income not subject to withholding. For small business owners and self-employed people this can mean making quarterly estimated tax payments. Anyone in this situation should check their withholding using the Tax Withholding Estimator on IRS.gov. If...

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  • September 10, 2020

IRS People First Initiative provides relief to taxpayers

Due to COVID-19, the IRS is providing relief on a variety of issues as part of the People First Initiative. The IRS is modifying certain activities through the filing and payment deadline, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Here’s what people...

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  • May 15, 2020

IRS People First Initiative provides relief to taxpayers facing COVID-19 issues

Due to COVID-19, the IRS’ People First Initiative provides relief to taxpayers on a variety of issues from easing payment guidelines to delaying compliance actions. This relief is effective through the filing and payment deadline, Wednesday, July 15, 2020....

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  • May 14, 2020

Taxpayers have until July 15 to file and pay their taxes

The federal income tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15. Taxpayers also have until July 15 to make any federal income tax payments that were originally due on April 15, without penalties and interest, regardless of the...

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  • May 6, 2020