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Posted on March 16, 2021 in IRS

The Internal Revenue Service has failed to collect more than $2.4 billion from wealthy individuals who owe the federal government back taxes, according to a Treasury Department watchdog report. Auditors were only able to recoup about 39 percent of the more than $4 billion in unpaid taxes owed by a group of rich taxpayers with […]

Posted on February 17, 2021 in IRS

The U.S. federal tax-filing season that begins Friday will be among the most consequential in recent history, as households face potential surprises — both negative and positive — sorting through pandemic-related measures at a time of high unemployment and depressed consumer confidence. Millions of people are still missing some or all of the $1,200 and $600 […]

Posted on January 12, 2021 in IRS

The Internal Revenue Service will allow businesses that got their Paycheck Protection Program loans forgiven to write off expenses paid for with that money, shifting policy after Congress passed new legislation last month. IRS guidance overrides previous rules that recipients of PPP loans that had been forgiven couldn’t claim deductions for the wages, rent, utilities […]

Posted on December 17, 2020 in IRS

When the IRS sends you to collections, it means you have overdue taxes you still haven’t paid after sending you a bill, and they’re now taking active steps to collect the money you owe, including any penalties and interest. The IRS will either try to recover the money themselves, or in limited circumstances, assign private […]

Posted on November 7, 2020 in IRS

The Internal Revenue Service is making some changes in its collection program to decrease the burden on taxpayers who owe outstanding tax debts and are trying to cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The IRS said Monday that it’s making it easier to set up payment agreements and offers in compromise as […]

Posted on September 29, 2020 in IRS

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act became law on Friday, March 27, 2020. The CARES Act included a new federally guaranteed Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The maximum PPP loan was based upon two and one-half months’ average payroll costs for the prior 12 months. If the business […]

Posted on August 21, 2020 in IRS

Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, who chairs the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, is asking the Internal Revenue Service to quit mailing notices for unpaid taxes to taxpayers who may have been affected by the mail backlog at the agency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many taxpayers have been receiving balance-due notices from the IRS […]

Posted on August 6, 2020 in IRS

The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers last month that they will need to resume paying their taxes on July 15 as its “People First Initiative” to provide tax and penalty relief in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic comes to a close.   July 15 is also the date, of course, when taxpayers were expected to […]

Posted on July 9, 2020 in IRS

The Internal Revenue Service reminded taxpayers Wednesday that they will need to resume paying their taxes on July 15 as its “People First Initiative” to provide tax and penalty relief in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic comes to a close. July 15 is also the date, of course, when taxpayers will be expected to […]

Posted on May 27, 2020 in IRS

This time last year, the IRS was processing federal returns with few problems — nearly 138 million by the third week in May. This year, with staff sent home because of the novel coronavirus, the agency has only processed 117 million returns, down 14 percent from last year, according to the latest statistics for the […]