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National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress

The National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA), Erin M. Collins, has released her 2021 Annual Report to Congress. The NTA called the calendar year 2021 the most challenging year taxpayers and tax professionals have ever experienced. The report states that tens of millions of taxpayers experienced delays in the processing of their returns, and with 77 percent of individual taxpayers receiving refunds.

Further, the report credited the IRS for performing well under difficult circumstances. Since the start of the pandemic, the IRS, in addition to its traditional work, implemented significant programs enacted by Congress. Among other things, it has issued 478 million stimulus payments (referred to as Economic Impact Payments or EIPs) totaling $812 billion and has sent Advance Child Tax Credit (AdvCTC) payments to over 36 million families totaling over $93 billion.

Moreover, the report drew attention to the imbalance between the IRS’s workload and its resources has never been greater. Since fiscal year (FY) 2010, the IRS’s workforce has shrunk by 17 percent, while its workload (as measured by the number of individual return filings) increased by 19 percent. The report reiterated the NTA’s longstanding recommendation that Congress provide the IRS with sufficient funding to serve taxpayers well.

The report made numerous recommendations to address taxpayer problems, including the following:

Additionally, the NTA’s 2022 Purple Book proposed 68 legislative recommendations for consideration by Congress. Among them are the following:

IRS, DOL Renew Employee Misclassification Memorandum of Understanding

The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor announced they have renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) under […]

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IRS, DOL Renew Employee Misclassification Memorandum of Understanding

Transitional Guidance on Broker Digital Asset Reporting Provided, Announcement 2023-2

The Treasury Department and IRS have announced that brokers are not required to report additional information with respect to dispositions […]

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Transitional Guidance on Broker Digital Asset Reporting Provided, Announcement 2023-2

IRS Completes Final Corrections on 2020 Unemployment Compensation Tax Payments, IR-2023-2

The IRS recently completed the final corrections of tax year 2020 accounts for taxpayers who overpaid their taxes on unemployment compensation received in 2020. […]

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IRS Completes Final Corrections on 2020 Unemployment Compensation Tax Payments, IR-2023-2

FL - Additional guidance issued on tax relief for property made uninhabitable by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole

The Florida Department of Revenue has issued additional guidance regarding property tax relief for residential properties rendered uninhabitable for 30 […]

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FL - Additional guidance issued on tax relief for property made uninhabitable by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole

FAQs Released on Energy Efficient Home Improvements and Residential Clean Energy Property Credits, FS-2022-40

The IRS has released frequently asked questions (FAQs) about energy efficient home improvements and residential clean energy property credits. The […]

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FAQs Released on Energy Efficient Home Improvements and Residential Clean Energy Property Credits, FS-2022-40

Inflation Reduction Act Triggers Numerous Tax Form Changes

The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in 2022 has triggered changes to many tax forms, tax form instructions, and […]

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Inflation Reduction Act Triggers Numerous Tax Form Changes

IRS Reminds Taxpayers to Check Tax Withholding Now to Avoid Paying Future Quarterly Estimated Payments, FS-2023-1; IR-2023-10

The IRS reminded taxpayers who earn wages to use the Tax Withholding Estimator tool to adjust their 2023 withholding. Checking now and […]

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IRS Reminds Taxpayers to Check Tax Withholding Now to Avoid Paying Future Quarterly Estimated Payments, FS-2023-1; IR-2023-10

2023 Standard Mileage Rates Released, Notice 2023-3

The IRS released the optional standard mileage rates for 2023. Most taxpayers may use these rates to compute deductible costs […]

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2023 Standard Mileage Rates Released, Notice 2023-3

FL - Taxpayer properly applied cost-of-performance rule to its income producing activities

An out of state subsidiary (taxpayer) of a nationwide online and brick-and-mortar retailer (retailer) properly sourced its service revenue under […]

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FL - Taxpayer properly applied cost-of-performance rule to its income producing activities

FL - Guidance provided on tax relief for properties made uninhabitable by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole

Florida provides guidance regarding property tax relief for residential properties rendered uninhabitable for 30 days or more due to Hurricanes […]

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FL - Guidance provided on tax relief for properties made uninhabitable by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole