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Tax Day now July 15, 2020 – News from the IRS

IR-2020-58, March 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced today that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.

The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible. Most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days.

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Coronavirus Response Toolkit

The U.S. Chamber has compiled CDC’s coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country. They continue to encourage American businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials. Click the link below to find sharable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees. They encourage everyone to share these assets on social media, websites, and other channels, and send them to colleagues and employees.

Click here to visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Response Toolkit

IRS Opens 2019 Tax Filing Season – January 27, 2020

IR-2020-02, January 6, 2020

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service confirmed that the nation’s tax season will start for individual tax return filers on Monday, January 27, 2020, when the tax agency will begin accepting and processing 2019 tax year returns.

The deadline to file 2019 tax returns and pay any tax owed is Wednesday, April 15, 2020. More than 150 million individual tax returns for the 2019 tax year are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the traditional April tax deadline.

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Here’s what tax preparers need to know about a data security plan

Tax Tip 2019-174, December 11, 2019

With the tax filing season just weeks away, tax professionals who have a data security plan should review it for updates. Those who don’t have a plan should create one and use the information below to get started. Having a written data security plan isn’t just a good idea, it’s federal law.

Identity thieves target tax professionals because of the client data they have on hand. Thieves use stolen data from tax preparers to create fake returns that can be harder for the IRS to detect.

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Systemic Advocacy Management System (SAMS)

Know of a tax problem that affects more than one taxpayer?

You can help the Taxpayer Advocate Service tackle the “big-picture” problems in the IRS or the tax law by reporting them to us. These systemic issues:

  • Always affect multiple taxpayers;
  • Don’t apply to just one taxpayer (but if you personally have an unresolved IRS problem, TAS may be able to help);
  • Involve IRS systems, policies, and procedures;
  • Involve protecting taxpayer rights, reducing burden, ensuring fair treatment, or providing essential taxpayer services.

Read our FAQs for additional information on submitting systemic issues.

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2 million ITINs set to expire in 2019 (October 10, 2019)

2 million ITINs set to expire in 2019; to avoid refund delays apply soon  IR-2019-168, October 10, 2019

WASHINGTON —Taxpayers with expiring Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) can get their ITINs renewed more quickly and avoid refund delays next year by submitting their renewal   application soon, the Internal Revenue Service said today.

An ITIN is a tax ID number used by taxpayers who don’t qualify to get a Social Security number. Any ITIN with middle digits 83, 84, 85, 86 or 87 will expire at the end of this year. In addition, any ITIN not used on a tax return in the past three years will expire. As a reminder, ITINs with middle digits 70 through 82 that expired in 2016, 2017 or 2018 can also be renewed.

The IRS urges anyone affected to file a complete renewal application, Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, as soon as possible. Be sure to include all required ID and residency documents. Failure to do so will delay processing until the IRS receives these documents. With nearly 2 million taxpayer households impacted, applying now will help avoid the rush as well as refund and processing delays in 2020.

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