Taxpayers Can Visit IRS.gov From the Safety of Their Home for Answers to Tax Questions

As people get ready to file their 2020 tax return, the IRS reminds taxpayers they can find answers to their tax questions from the safety of their home using IRS online tools and resources. These IRS.gov tools are easy to use and available 24 hours a day.

  • IRS Free File. Almost everyone can file their tax return electronically for free. The software does all the work of finding deductions, credits and exemptions. It’s free for those who earned $72,000 or less in 2020. Some of the Free File packages also offer free state tax return preparation.

2021 Tax Filing Season Begins Feb. 12 – IRS Outlines Steps to Speed Refunds During Pandemic

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation’s tax season will start on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2020 tax year returns.

The Feb. 12 start date for individual tax return filers allows the IRS time to do additional programming and testing of IRS systems following the Dec. 27 tax law changes that provided a second round of Economic Impact Payments and other benefits.

National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress – Focuses on Taxpayer Impact of COVID-19 and IRS Funding Needs

National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins released her 2020 Annual Report to Congress, focusing on the unprecedented challenges taxpayers faced in filing their tax returns and receiving refunds and stimulus payments during a year consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic this week. The report also finds that a roughly 20% inflation-adjusted reduction in the IRS’s budget since fiscal year (FY) 2010 has left the agency with antiquated technology and inadequate staffing levels to meet taxpayers’ needs.

All Taxpayers Now Eligible for Identity Protection PINs

The Internal Revenue Service expanded the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to all taxpayers who can verify their identities.

The Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) is a six-digit code known only to the taxpayer and to the IRS. It helps prevent identity thieves from filing fraudulent tax returns using a taxpayers’ personally identifiable information.

IRS Ready for the Upcoming Tax Season – Last-minute Changes to Tax Laws Included in IRS Forms and Instructions

The Internal Revenue Service assures taxpayers and tax professionals that updates to key federal tax forms and instructions are complete and will be available when Americans begin filing their tax returns.

Most individual taxpayers file IRS Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR once they receive Forms W-2 and other earnings information from their employers and payers. IRS has incorporated recent changes to the tax laws into the forms and instructions, and shared the updates with its partners who develop the software used by individuals and tax professionals to prepare and file their returns. Forms 1040 and 1040-SR and the associated instructions are available now on IRS.gov and are being printed for taxpayers who need a hard copy.

IRS Releases 2020 Progress Update – Annual Report Details Unprecedented Year

The Internal Revenue Service released its 2020 annual report describing the agency’s work delivering taxpayer service and compliance efforts during COVID-19 while spotlighting actions taken by IRS employees to help people during the challenging year.

 “Internal Revenue Service Progress Update / Fiscal Year 2020 – Putting Taxpayers First” outlines how the agency overcame difficulties during the pandemic to deliver Economic Impact Payments in record time. At the same time, IRS employees made adjustments to complete a successful filing season despite office closures and the latest tax deadline ever.

Treasury Issues Millions of Second Economic Impact Payments by Debit Card

Starting this week, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are sending approximately 8 million second Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) by prepaid debit card.

These EIP Cards follow the millions of payments already made by direct deposit and the ongoing mailing of paper checks that are delivering the second round of Economic Impact Payments as rapidly as possible.

Treasury and IRS Begin Delivering Second Round of Economic Impact Payments to Millions of Americans

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 received the first round of payments earlier this year.

The initial direct deposit payments may begin arriving as early as tonight for some and will continue into next week. Paper checks will begin to be mailed tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Year-end Reminder – Expanded Tax Benefits Help Individuals and Businesses Give to Charity During 2020

The Internal Revenue Service explains how expanded tax benefits can help both individuals and businesses give to charity before the end of this year.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, includes four temporary tax changes that are designed to help people and businesses who give to charity this year. Here is a rundown of these key changes.

Get Ready for Taxes – Stay Home and Stay Safe with IRS Online Tools

The Internal Revenue Service today encouraged taxpayers to take necessary actions now to help file federal tax returns timely and accurately in 2021.

This is the fourth in a series of reminders to help taxpayers get ready for the upcoming tax filing season. A special page, updated and available on IRS.gov, outlines steps taxpayers can take to make tax filing easier in 2021.

How people can give back by becoming an IRS-certified volunteer (Tax Tip 2020-174)

The IRS and its community partners are looking for people around the country to become IRS-certified volunteers for the upcoming tax season.

These long-standing programs offer valuable help to America’s taxpayers:

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offers free tax return preparation to eligible taxpayers who generally earn $57,000 or less, people with disabilities and limited English-speaking taxpayers.
  • Tax Counseling for the Elderly is mainly for people age 60 or older. Although the program focuses on tax issues unique to seniors, most taxpayers can usually get free assistance. AARP participates in the TCE program through AARP Tax-Aide.

Get Ready for Taxes – What’s New and What to Consider When Filing in 2021

The Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers to take necessary actions in the final weeks of the year to help file federal tax returns timely and accurately in 2021.

This is the third in a series of reminders to help taxpayers get ready for the upcoming tax filing season. A special page, updated and available on IRS.gov, outlines steps taxpayers can take now to make tax filing easier in 2021.

Identity Protection PIN Program Will Soon Be Available to Taxpayers Nationwide

In January, the IRS Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program will be expanded to all taxpayers who can properly verify their identity.

An Identity Pretention PIN is a six-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers to help prevent their Social Security number from being used to file fraudulent federal income tax returns. This number helps the IRS verify a taxpayer’s identity and accept their tax return. The online Get An IP PIN tool immediately displays the taxpayer’s assigned number.

National Tax Security Awareness Week Day 4 – Security Summit Urges Businesses to Tighten Security, Offers New Protections Against Identity Theft

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.

The partners, operating cooperatively as the Security Summit to fight identity theft, marked the fourth day of National Tax Security Awareness Week with a warning to businesses to enact the strongest measures possible to protect their data and systems. The IRS also is planning additional steps to help businesses combat cybercriminals trying to steal their data.

National Tax Security Awareness Week Part 3 – IRS Expands Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program to Taxpayers Nationwide

As part of the Security Summit effort, the Internal Revenue Service announced that starting in January the Identity Protection PIN Opt-In Program will be expanded to all taxpayers who can properly verify their identities.

The Summit partners, including state tax agencies, the nation’s tax industry and the IRS, marked the third day of the National Tax Security Awareness Week by urging taxpayers who want the proactive protection against identity theft to opt into the Identity Protection PIN program in 2021.

IRS National Tax Security Awareness Week – Day 2 – 2021 Online Tax Preparation Products to Offer Multi-factor Authentication for Taxpayers, Tax Pros

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry marks 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.

Designed to protect both taxpayers and tax professionals, multi-factor authentication means the returning user must enter two pieces of data to securely access an account or application. For example, taxpayers must enter their credentials (username and password) plus a numerical code sent as a text to their mobile phone.

National Tax Security Awareness Week Opens With Warnings to All Taxpayers and Tax Professionals as Holidays, 2021 Tax Season Approach

New Security Measures Help Protect Against Tax-Related Identity Theft  English

The Internal Revenue Service and the Security Summit partners today issued warnings to all taxpayers and tax professionals to beware of scams and identity theft schemes by criminals taking advantage of the combination of holiday shopping, the approaching tax season and coronavirus concerns.

Special $300 Tax Deduction Helps Most People Give to Charity This Year – Even If They Don’t Itemize

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers of a special new provision that will allow more people to easily deduct up to $300 in donations to qualifying charities this year.

Following special tax law changes made earlier this year, cash donations of up to $300 made before Dec. 31, 2020, are now deductible when people file their taxes in 2021.

Get Ready for Taxes – Steps to Take Now to Make Tax Filing Easier in 2021

The Internal Revenue Service encourages 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 ready for the upcoming tax filing season. A special page, updated and available on IRS.gov, outlines steps taxpayers can take now to make tax filing easier in 2021.

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 their withholding and make any adjustments soon

Since most taxpayers typically only have a few pay dates left this year, checking their withholding soon is especially important. It’s even more important for those who:

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 resolve tax debt.

Taxpayers who owe taxes always had options to get help through payment plans and other tools from the IRS. The new IRS Taxpayer Relief Initiative is expanding on those tools.

Security Summit Partners Announce National Tax Security Awareness Week Dates – Urge Increased Security Measures as Fraudsters Exploit COVID-19 Concerns

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry today announced that the 5th Annual National Tax Security Awareness Week will take place between Nov. 30 and Dec. 4.

This year, there’s a heightened need for security as fraudsters seek to use the COVID-19 to scam taxpayers and tax preparers. New protections being offered by Security Summit partners in January can help protect people against tax-related identity theft.

IRS to Mask Key Business Transcript Details – Protect Taxpayers From Identity Theft

Moving to protect business taxpayers from identity theft, the Internal Revenue Service announced that starting Dec. 13 it will begin masking sensitive data on business tax transcripts.

The announcement provides 30 days for stakeholders to make any adjustments. The IRS began informing tax professionals of this change during the summer Nationwide Tax Forums. The agency previously masked sensitive data on individual tax transcripts two years ago.

IRS Criminal Investigation releases Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report; Identifies $2.3 billion in tax fraud

The Internal Revenue Service released the Criminal Investigation Division’s annual report, highlighting the agency’s successes and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2020 during International Fraud Awareness Week. The majority of these activities occurred during COVID-19. A key achievement was the identification of over $10 billion in tax fraud and other financial crimes.

Get Ready for Taxes – Get Ready Now to File 2020 Federal Income Tax Returns

The Internal Revenue Service encourages taxpayers to take necessary actions this fall to help them file their federal tax returns timely and accurately in 2021, including special steps related to Economic Impact Payments.

This is the first in a series of reminders to help taxpayers get ready for the upcoming tax filing season. A special page, updated and available on IRS.gov, outlines steps taxpayers can take now to prepare for the 2021 tax return filing season ahead.

Nov. 21 Deadline Nears to Register Online for Economic Impact Payment – Some People Can Claim Special Credit Next Tax Filing Season

The Internal Revenue Service reminds anyone who doesn’t normally file a tax return that they have until 3 p.m. EST this Saturday, Nov. 21, to register with the IRS for an Economic Impact Payment.

The only way remaining to get a payment in 2020 is to register using the Non-Filers: Enter Info Here tool on IRS.gov before the Saturday deadline.

Many College Students May Still Qualify for an Economic Impact Payment – Review the Guidelines and Register by Nov. 21 at IRS.gov

The Internal Revenue Service urges any eligible self-supporting college student who doesn’t need to file a tax return to register by Nov. 21 so they can receive an Economic Impact Payment before the end of the year.

In advance of the National EIP Registration Day on Nov. 10 and highlighted in “A Closer Look,” the IRS is reminding people who don’t normally file a tax return they may be able to register for an Economic Impact Payment with a quick visit to the Non-Filers tool on IRS.gov. In particular, the IRS wants to remind self-supporting students with little or no income that they may be eligible for payments of $1,200 or more.

IRS Makes It Easier to Set Up Payment Agreements – Offers Other Relief to Taxpayers Struggling With Tax Debts

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 could apply relief for taxpayers who owe but are struggling financially because of the pandemic, expanding taxpayer options for making payments and alternatives to resolve balances owed.

IRS Provides Tax Inflation Adjustments for Tax Year 2021

The Internal Revenue Service announced for tax year 2021 the 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.

Highlights of changes in Revenue Procedure 2020-45: The Consolidated Appropriation Act for 2020 increased the amount of the minimum addition tax for failure to file a tax return within 60 days of the due date. Beginning with returns due after Dec. 31, 2019, the new additional tax is $435 or 100 percent of the amount of tax due, whichever is less, an increase from $330. The $435 additional tax will be adjusted for inflation.

IRS – People with Foreign Accounts Reminded of the Extension to File 2019 FBAR by Oct. 31, Dec. 31 If Impacted by Certain Natural Disasters

The Internal Revenue Service reminds U.S. citizens, entities and resident aliens with a foreign bank or financial account that they have until Oct. 31, 2020, to file their 2019 Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR).

The IRS coordinated the extension from the usual Oct. 15 deadline with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for this year only to filers for 2019 calendar year FBARs. FBAR filers impacted by the California Wildfires, the Iowa Derecho, Hurricane Laura, the Oregon Wildfires and Hurricane Sally continue to have until Dec. 31, 2020, to file their FBARs.

Income Ranges for Determining IRA Eligibility Change for 2021

The Internal Revenue Service announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2021 in Notice 2020-79, posted today on IRS.gov.

Highlights of changes for 2021

The income ranges for determining eligibility to make deductible contributions to traditional Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), to contribute to Roth IRAs and to claim the Saver’s Credit all increased for 2021.

To Help Non-filers, IRS Sets Nov. 10 as ‘National EIP Registration Day’ – Register at IRS.gov for Economic Impact Payment

The Internal Revenue Service has set Nov. 10 as “National EIP Registration Day,” as the agency and partners across the country launch a final push to encourage everyone who doesn’t normally file a tax return to register to receive an Economic Impact Payment.

“National EIP Registration Day” will take place just a few days ahead of the extended Nov. 21 registration deadline. This special event will feature support from IRS partner groups inside and outside of the tax community, including those that work with low-income and underserved communities. These groups will help spread the word about the new Nov. 21 deadline and, in some cases, provide special support for people who still need to register for the payments.

IRS Fights Fraud Aimed at Charities – Joins International Awareness Week

The Internal Revenue Service is combating fraud by once again joining organizations around the world to highlight the third annual International Charity Fraud Awareness Week, Oct. 19-23.

International Charity Fraud Awareness Week (ICFAW) brings together everyone involved in the charity and not-for-profit sectors to raise awareness of and share good practices for tackling fraud and cybercrime. This award-winning campaign is led by a coalition of over 40 charities, regulators, law enforcement organizations, representative and umbrella bodies, and other not-for-profit stakeholders.

People Experiencing Homelessness May Qualify for an Economic Impact Payment (COVID Tax Tip)

People experiencing homelessness may be eligible for a $1,200 Economic Impact Payment and $500 for each qualifying child under age 17. To get this payment, they must register with the IRS by Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020.

If someone’s income is below $12,200, or $24,400 if they’re married, they probably don’t file a tax return. That means the IRS may not have enough information to issue their payment.

IRS Extends Economic Impact Payment Deadline to Nov. 21 to Help Non-filers

The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment (EIP) is now Nov. 21, 2020. This new date will provide an additional five weeks beyond the original deadline.

The IRS urges people who don’t typically file a tax return – and haven’t received an Economic Impact Payment – to register as quickly as possible using the Non-Filers: Enter Info Here tool on IRS.gov. The tool will not be available after Nov. 21.

IRS Free File Marks Record Increase – Available Through Oct. 15

The Internal Revenue Service announced that Free File, the IRS-private sector partnership that offers free tax preparation products, scored a record percentage increase in new users as taxpayers turned to free name-brand providers in 2020.

IRS Free File online products marked a 50% increase this year as more than 4.1 million taxpayers used one of the free online partner products. Last year, more than 2.7 million taxpayers used Free File.

Oct. 15 Deadline Nears for Taxpayers Who Requested Tax Filing Extensions – Taxpayers Should File Electronically and Request Direct Deposit for Refunds

The Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers who filed an extension that the Oct. 15 due date to file their 2019 tax return is near. Taxpayers should file their tax returns on or before the Oct. 15 deadline. For those who still owe, pay as soon as possible to reduce any penalties and interest.

Convenient electronic filing options, including IRS Free File, are still available. Taxpayers and tax professionals should continue to use electronic options to support social distancing and speed the processing of tax returns, refunds and payments.

IRS Provides Tax Relief for Victims of Hurricane Sally – Oct. 15 Deadline, Other Dates Extended to Jan. 15

Victims of Hurricane Sally that began on Sept. 14 now have until Jan. 15, 2021 to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced on September 24, 2020.

The IRS is offering this relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for individual assistance. Currently this includes Baldwin, Escambia and Mobile counties in Alabama, but taxpayers in localities qualifying for individual assistance added later to the disaster area, elsewhere in the state and in neighboring states, will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.

IRS Highlights Employer Credits for Businesses During Small Business Week

During Small Business Week, the Internal Revenue Service reminds business owners and self-employed individuals of the employer credits available to them during COVID-19.

These credits were specially created to help small business owners during this unprecedented time. During Small Business Week, the IRS wants to ensure all eligible people know about the relief these credits provide.

IRS Reminds Taxpayers of the Home Office Deduction Rules During Small Business Week

During Small Business Week, Sept. 22-24, the Internal Revenue Service wants individuals to consider taking the home office deduction if they qualify. The benefit may allow taxpayers working from home to deduct certain expenses on their tax return.

The home office deduction is available to qualifying self-employed taxpayers, independent contractors and those working in the gig economy. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspended the business use of home deduction from 2018 through 2025 for employees. Employees who receive a paycheck or a W-2 exclusively from an employer are not eligible for the deduction, even if they are currently working from home.

IRS Highlights Online Resources During Small Business Week – Many Resources Available in Multiple Languages

In support of National Small Business Week – Sept. 22 to 24 – the Internal Revenue Service is emphasizing the many IRS online resources available to help small business owners and self-employed individuals needing to handle the tax aspects of their business.

Resources in multiple languages

The IRS has a long history of providing resources in Spanish and commonly provides products in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian, such as the Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center.

IRS – Drought-stricken Farmers, Ranchers Have More Time to Replace Livestock

Farmers and ranchers who were forced to sell livestock due to drought may have an additional year to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

To qualify for relief, the farm or ranch must be in an applicable region. This is a county or other jurisdiction designated as eligible for federal assistance plus counties contiguous to it. Notice 2020-74, posted today on IRS.gov, lists applicable regions in 46 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories.

IRS Releases State-by-state Breakdown of Nearly 9 Million Non-Filers Who Will Be Mailed Letters About Economic Impact Payments

The Internal Revenue Service today released a state-by-state breakdown of the roughly nine million people receiving a special mailing this month encouraging them to see if they’re eligible to claim an Economic Impact Payment.

The IRS will mail the letters to people who typically aren’t required to file federal income tax returns but may qualify for an Economic Impact Payment. The letter urges recipients to visit the special Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info tool on IRS.gov before the Oct. 15 deadline to register for an Economic Impact Payment.