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IRS Helps Taxpayers Understand How and Why Agency Representatives May Reach Out, FS-2022-33

The IRS has released a Fact Sheet to help taxpayers understand how and why agency representatives may contact them and how to identify them and avoid scams. Generally, the IRS sends a letter or written notice to a taxpayer in advance, but not always. Depending on the situation, IRS employees may first call or visit with a taxpayer. Further, the IRS clarified that other than IRS Secure Access, the agency does not use text messages to discuss personal tax issues, such as those involving bills or refunds. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail. Taxpayers can report fraudulent emails and text messages by sending an email to phishing@irs.gov.

Further, taxpayers will generally first receive several letters from the IRS in the mail before receiving a phone call. However, the IRS may call taxpayers if they have an overdue tax bill, a delinquent or unfiled tax return or have not made an employment tax deposit. The IRS does not leave pre-recorded, urgent or threatening voice messages and will never call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method, threaten to immediately bring in law enforcement groups, demand tax payment without giving the taxpayer an opportunity or ask for credit or debit cards over the phone.

Additionally, IRS revenue officers generally make unannounced visits to a taxpayers home or place of business to discuss taxes owed or tax returns due. However, taxpayers would have first been notified by mail of their balance due or missing return. Taxpayers should always ask for credentials or identification when visited by IRS personnel. Finally, the IRS clarified that taxpayers who have filed a petition with the U.S. Tax Court may receive a call or voicemail message from an Appeals Officer. However, the Appeals Officer will provide self-identifying information such as their name, title, badge number and contact information.

Rates Used in Computing Special Use Value Issued, Rev. Rul. 2022-16

A listing of the average annual effective interest rates on new loans under the Farm Credit System has been issued […]

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Rates Used in Computing Special Use Value Issued, Rev. Rul. 2022-16

IRS Unintentionally Releases Form 990-T Data

The Internal Revenue Service announced that it has unintentionally made certain data collected from Form 990-T available for bulk download […]

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IRS Unintentionally Releases Form 990-T Data

IRS Clarifies Instructions for Form 8996, IRS Post-Release Changes to Tax Forms, Instructions, and Publications

The IRS has clarified that qualified opportunity zone businesses should not file Form 8996. Form 8996 is filed only by […]

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IRS Clarifies Instructions for Form 8996, IRS Post-Release Changes to Tax Forms, Instructions, and Publications

List of Countries with U.S. Exchange of Information Agreements Updated, Rev. Proc. 2022-35

The IRS has supplemented the list of countries with which the U.S. has an agreement relating to the exchange of […]

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List of Countries with U.S. Exchange of Information Agreements Updated, Rev. Proc. 2022-35

Tuition Debt Relief Will Not Be Taxable Income

The recently announced tuition debt relief program will not add to the tax burden of individuals who are able to […]

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Tuition Debt Relief Will Not Be Taxable Income

IRS Issues Statement on CP-14 Notices

The IRS was aware that some payments made for 2021 tax returns were incorrectly applied to joint taxpayer accounts. These […]

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IRS Issues Statement on CP-14 Notices

IRS Updates Premium Tax Credit Table, Required Contribution Percentage, Rev. Proc. 2022-34

The IRS has updated the applicable percentage table used to calculate an individual’s premium tax credit and required contribution percentage […]

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IRS Updates Premium Tax Credit Table, Required Contribution Percentage, Rev. Proc. 2022-34

Reproduction/Substitute Information Returns Requirements Issued, Rev. Proc. 2022-30

The IRS has provided the specifications for the private printing of red-ink substitutes for the 2022 revisions of information returns, […]

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Reproduction/Substitute Information Returns Requirements Issued, Rev. Proc. 2022-30

IRS Advises Tax Professionals on Signs of Identity Theft, IR-2022-144

The IRS and Security Summit partners have urged tax professionals to be vigilant and look out for the signs of […]

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IRS Advises Tax Professionals on Signs of Identity Theft, IR-2022-144

IRS and Treasury Release Initial Information on Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Under Inflation Reduction Act

The Treasury Department and the IRS have published initial information on changes to the tax credit for electric vehicles strengthened […]

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IRS and Treasury Release Initial Information on Electric Vehicle Tax Credit Under Inflation Reduction Act