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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 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 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 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

Educators Reminded About 2022 Educator Expense Deduction Rise, IR-2022-148

The IRS reminded educators that they will be able to deduct up to $300 of out-of-pocket classroom expenses when they […]

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Educators Reminded About 2022 Educator Expense Deduction Rise, IR-2022-148

IRS Announces New Sign-In Process for Form 990-N Filers

The IRS has announced that beginning August 2022, smaller charities that are eligible and choose to file Form 990-N, Electronic […]

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IRS Announces New Sign-In Process for Form 990-N Filers

FL - Taxpayer lacked standing to challenge department's former practice

The taxpayer did not have standing to contest a notice of proposed assessment that assessed Florida sales and use tax, […]

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FL - Taxpayer lacked standing to challenge department's former practice

IRS Issues Directions to Employees for Video Meetings with Taxpayers

The IRS has issued directions for its taxpayer facing employees to hold video meetings with taxpayers and their representatives. Going […]

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IRS Issues Directions to Employees for Video Meetings with Taxpayers

IRS Security Summit Warns Tax Professionals Against Identity Theft, IR-2022-135

The IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry have warned tax professionals of new and ongoing threats involving their […]

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IRS Security Summit Warns Tax Professionals Against Identity Theft, IR-2022-135