Treasury and IRS Expand Availability of Housing for Hurricane Sandy
IR-2012-86, Nov. 4, 2012 — Treasury and the IRS announced that they will
waive low-income housing tax credit rules that prohibit owners of
low-income housing from providing housing to victims of Sandy who do not
qualify as low-income.
IRS Waives Diesel Fuel Penalty Due to Hurricane Sandy
IR-2012-85, Nov. 3, 2012 — The IRS, in response to shortages of clear
diesel fuel caused by Hurricane Sandy, will not impose a tax penalty
when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway.
IRS Announces Qualified Disaster Treatment of Payments to Victims of
IR-2012-84, Nov. 2, 2012 ― Hurricane Sandy qualified disaster relief
payments made to individuals by their employer or any person can be
excluded from those individuals’ taxable income.
IRS Provides Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Sandy; Return Filing and
Tax Payment Deadline Extended to Feb. 1, 2013
IR-2012-83, Nov. 2, 2012 –– In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the
Internal Revenue Service announced additional tax relief to affected
individuals and businesses.
IRS Gives Additional Time to Taxpayers and Preparers Affected by
Hurricane Sandy; File and Pay by Nov. 7
IR-2012-82, Oct. 31, 2012 — Taxpayers and tax preparers affected by
Hurricane Sandy will have until Nov. 7 to file returns and accompanying
October IRS Live presents Get Prepared: A to Z Details on the Registered
Tax Return Preparer Test
IR-2012-81, Oct. 26, 2012 — The next IRS Live webinar, “Get Prepared: A
to Z Details on the Registered Tax Return Preparer Test” is Wednesday,
Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
IRPAC Issues Annual Report for 2012
IR-2012-80, Oct. 24, 2012 — The Information Reporting Program Advisory
Committee (IRPAC) today released its 2012 Report, which includes
recommendations pertaining to a number of information reporting issues.
PTIN Renewal Period Underway for All Tax Professionals; Registered Tax
Return Preparer Candidates Urged to Schedule Tests
IR-2012-79, Oct. 22, 2012 — The IRS today reminded the nation’s 730,000
federal tax return preparers that they must renew their Preparer Tax
Identification Numbers (PTINs) for 2013.
IRS Announces 2013 Pension Plan Limitations; Taxpayers May Contribute Up
to $17,500 to Their 401(k) Plans in 2013
IR-2012-77, Oct. 18, 2012 — The IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments
affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other
retirement-related items for tax year 2013.
In 2013, Various Tax Benefits Increase Due to Inflation Adjustments
IR-2012-78, Oct. 18, 2012— The IRS announced the annual inflation
adjustments for more than two dozen tax provisions for 2013.
Shulman to Finish His Term as IRS Commissioner on Nov. 9
IR-2012-76, Oct. 10, 2012 — The IRS today announced that its 47th
commissioner, Doug Shulman, has decided to step down on Nov. 9, the last
day of his term.
IRS Seeks Applications for Advisory Committee for the Tax Exempt and
Government Entities Division
IR-2012-75, Oct. 1, 2012 — The IRS is seeking applications through
November 2 for vacancies on the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and
Government Entities (ACT).
Seminars from the 2012 Forums Now Available at IRS Nationwide Tax Forums
IR-2012-74, Oct. 1, 2012 ― Tax professionals can earn continuing
professional education credits online through seminars filmed at the
2012 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums.
Tax-filing and Payment Extensions Expire Oct. 15; Check Eligibility for
Overlooked Tax Benefits; Choose e-file; Payment Options Available
IR-2012-73, Sept. 28, 2012 — The IRS urged taxpayers whose tax-filing
extension runs out on Oct. 15 to double check their returns for
often-overlooked tax benefits and then file their returns electronically
using IRS e-file or the Free File system.
Drought-Stricken Farmers and Ranchers Have More Time to Replace
Livestock, 43 States Affected
IR-2012-72, Sept. 25, 2012— Farmers and ranchers forced to sell
livestock due to drought have an extended period of time to replace the
livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales.
Summer 2012 Statistics of Income Bulletin Now Available
IR-2012-71, Sept. 24, 2012 — The IRS's summer 2012 issue of the
Statistics of Income Bulletin, which features sole proprietorship data
for tax year 2010, is now available.
Prepared Remarks of Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman before the American
Sept. 15, 2012 - Commissioner Shulman speaks at the American Bar
Association's Joint Fall Meeting in Boston, Mass.
IRS Provides Tax Relief to Victims of Hurricane Isaac; Return filing and
Tax Payment Deadline Extended to Jan. 11, 2013
IR-2012-70, Sept. 5, 2012 –– The Internal Revenue Service is providing
tax relief to individuals and businesses affected by Hurricane Isaac.
Reminder: For Most Truckers, Highway Use Tax Return Due Aug. 31
IR-2012-69, Aug. 27, 2012 — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded
truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that in most cases,
their next federal highway use tax return is due on Aug. 31, 2012.
Interest Rates Remain the Same for the Fourth Quarter of 2012
IR-2012-68, Aug. 23, 2012 — Interest rates are the same for the fourth
quarter of 2012 as they were in the prior quarter.
IRS Announces Efforts to Help U. S. Citizens Overseas Including Dual
Citizens and Those with Foreign Retirement Plans
IR-2012-65, June 26, 2012 - IRS offshore efforts help U.S. citizens
overseas and dual citizens.
IRS Says Offshore Effort Tops $5 Billion, Announces New Details on the
Voluntary Disclosure Program and Closing of Offshore Loophole
IR-2012-64, June 26, 2012 - IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Effort
Tops $5 Billion.
IRS Strengthens ITIN Application Requirements; Interim Changes Will
Protect the Integrity of the ITIN Process
IR-2012-62, June 22, 2012 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced
important interim changes to strengthen its procedures for issuing
Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) from now through the
end of the year.
Prepare for Hurricanes, Disasters by Safeguarding Tax Records
IR-2012-60, June 11, 2012 — Individuals and businesses are encouraged to
safeguard themselves against natural disasters by taking a few simple
IRS Marks Third Anniversary of Return Preparer Review; Urges Required
Preparers to Take Competency Test as Soon as Possible
IR-2012-59, June 5, 2012 — The IRS marks the 3rd anniversary of its
return preparer initiative and urged those paid tax return preparers
required to pass a new competency test to take the test as soon as
IRS Announces 43 Small Offices to Close, Others to be Consolidated;
Agency Sheds More than One Million Square Feet of Office Space
IR-2012-54, May 22, 2012 — By cutting more than 1 million square feet of
office space, the IRS will save taxpayers millions of dollars.
Prepared Remarks of Commissioner of Internal Revenue Douglas H. Shulman
before the National Press Club
IR-2012-42, April 5, 2012 ― Prepared Remarks of Commissioner of Internal
Revenue Douglas H. Shulman before the National Press Club.
Information for U.S. Citizens or Dual Citizens Residing Outside the U.S.
FS-2011-13, December 2011 – This fact sheet summarizes information about
federal income tax return and FBAR filing requirements for dual citizens
in Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries.
FAQs on New Payment Card Reporting Requirements
The IRS is providing special transitional relief to banks and other
payment settlement entities required to begin reporting payment card and
third-party network transactions on new Form 1099-K.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Information Center
Update on the new economic stimulus legislation.
PTIN Requirements for Tax Return Preparers
Regulations require all paid tax return preparers to obtain a PTIN.
Preparers must renew their PTIN each year by December 31. Some preparers
will also soon need to pass a competency test and take continuing
The “What Ifs” for Struggling Taxpayers
Here are some “What if” scenarios and the possible tax impact.
Tax Benefits for Education: Information Center
Many tax breaks are available to help with the cost of higher education.
Commissioner's Comments, Statements and Remarks
IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman discusses a range of tax administration
Compliance & Enforcement News
A collection of recent news releases, statements and other items related
to IRS compliance and enforcement efforts.
2012 and Prior Year Filing Season Statistics
Find tax filing season statistics showing cumulative and comparative
totals from the current filing season and from 2010.
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 2012-11-04