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GAO Issues Report on Stimulus Checks During COVID-19 Pandemic, GAO Report: Stimulus Checks–Direct Payments to Individuals during the COVID-19 Pandemic (GAO-22-106044)

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on stimulus checks during the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. From April 2020 to December 2021, the federal government made direct payments to taxpayers totaling $931 billion to address pandemic-related financial stress. Report Findings Some eligible taxpayers never received payments. Eligible taxpayers can still claim their payments through […]

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OECD Delays Pillar One of International Tax Reform to Mid-2023

The Organisation for Economic Co-operations and Development (OECD) is delaying the implementation of Pillar One of the landmark agreement on international tax reform. A new Progress Report on Pillar One, which includes “a comprehensive draft of the technical model rules to implement a new taxing right that will allow market jurisdictions to tax profits from […]

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June 2022 Newsletter

Salvatore Russo discusses, “IRS Dispels Common Tax Refund Myths”.Thomas Zanata takes a look at, “IRS Provides Reasons Why Some Tax Refunds Filed Electronically Take Longer than 21 Days”.Lee Forman examines, “IRS to Send Notices to Help Payers Correct Backup Withholding Errors”

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GAO: IRS Faced Multiple Challenges During 2021 Tax Filing Season, GAO Report: Tax Filing—2021 Performance Underscores Need for IRS to Address Persistent Challenges

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report on IRS’ performance during the 2021 tax filing season. The report assessed IRS’ performance during the 2021 filing season on: (1) processing individual and business income tax returns; and (2) providing customer service to taxpayers. GAO analyzed IRS documents and data on filing season performance, refund […]

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Filing Deadline for Petition to Review CDP Determination Nonjurisdictional, Eligible for Equitable Tolling

The Supreme Court reversed and remanded a Court of Appeals decision and held that Code Sec. 6330(d)(1)’s 30-day time limit to file a petition for review of a collection due process (CDP) determination is an ordinary, nonjurisdictional deadline subject to equitable tolling in appropriate cases. The taxpayer had requested and received a CDP hearing before the […]

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Eligibility Requirements Waived for Individuals in Certain Countries Claiming Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

The IRS has provided a waiver for any individual who failed to meet the foreign earned income or deduction eligibility requirements of Code Sec. 911(d)(1) because adverse conditions in a foreign country precluded the individual from meeting the requirements for the 2021 tax year. Qualified individuals may exempt from taxation their foreign earned income and housing cost […]

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Government Employees Who Receive Returns or Return Information Subject to Disclosure Restrictions

The IRS has issued a guidance stating that government employees who receive returns or return information pursuant to disclosures under Code Sect. 6103(c), are subject to the disclosure restrictions, like all designees who receive returns or return information pursuant to taxpayer consent. Further, government employees who receive returns or return information pursuant to disclosures under Code Sec. […]

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Letters Going Out to Taxpayers Missing Qualified Opportunity Fund Information

Taxpayers who may need to take additional actions related to Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs) should begin receiving letters from the IRS in April. Taxpayers who attached Form 8996, Qualified Opportunity Fund, to their return may receive Letter 6501, Qualified Opportunity Fund (QOF) Investment Standard. This letter lets them know that information needed to support the […]

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Tax Gap Closer to $1 Trillion – IRS Commissioner Rettig

The gap between taxes owed and taxes collected by the Internal Revenue Service could be approaching $1 trillion, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig told members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Government Operations Subcommittee as he advocated for more funding for the agency. During an April 21, 2022, hearing of the subcommittee, Rettig noted updated tax […]

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IRS Provides Information About 2022 Educator Deduction Increase

The IRS reminded educators that they will be able to deduct up to $300 of out-of-pocket classroom expenses when they file their federal income tax return for tax year 2022. This is the first time the annual limit has increased since 2002. For tax years 2002 through 2021, the limit was $250 per year. The […]

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