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IRS to accept 2021 tax returns starting Jan. 24

  • 12 January 2022
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 2522

The IRS will begin accepting and processing 2021 tax returns starting Jan. 24, the Service announced Monday.

In News Release IR-2022-08, the IRS stated the date will allow it time to perform necessary programming and testing in advance of return filing, which it urged taxpayers and paid preparers to do electronically.

"Filing electronically with direct deposit and avoiding a paper tax return is more important than ever this year," IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in the release.

Tax Change Hits Payment Apps

If you use PayPal, Venmo or others, this might affect you.

  • 22 December 2021
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 2963
If you’re among the millions of people who use payment apps like PayPal, Venmo, Square and other third-party electronic payment networks, you could be affected by a tax reporting change that goes into effect in January.  Payment app providers will have to start reporting to the IRS a user’s business transactions if, in aggregate, they total $600 or more for the year. A business transaction is defined as payment for a good or service.

Standard mileage rates to go up in 2022

  • 20 December 2021
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 2358
After decreasing two years in a row, the rate by which taxpayers may compute their deductions for costs of using an automobile for business purposes will go up to 58.5 cents per mile for the 2022 tax year, an increase of 2.5 cents per mile over the 2021 rate.

E-signing for forms, tax compliance documents extended

  • 6 December 2021
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 2421
In a pair of internal memos (NHQ-10-1121-0005 and NHQ-01-1121-0004), the IRS has extended until Oct. 31, 2023, procedures that allow taxpayers and their representatives to sign digitally or by an image of their signatures an array of forms and returns as well as certain compliance-interaction-related forms and documents. The memos also reapprove for that period the IRS's ability to receive the compliance-related forms and documents and to transmit encrypted related documents by email when no other approved electronic alternative is available.

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Private tax debt collection contracts awarded

  • 6 December 2021
  • Author: machele
  • Number of views: 2547
In News Release IR-2021-191, the IRS advised that three private companies had been awarded contracts to collect tax debts from taxpayers in new contracts beginning Sept. 23. The companies are CBE Group Inc. of Waterloo, Iowa; Coast Professional Inc. of Albion, N.Y.; and ConServe of Fairport, N.Y. CBE and ConServe were among the four previously contracted companies. The news release states that taxpayers will be contacted by one of the private collection agencies only after the IRS has notified the taxpayer and the taxpayer’s representative, if any, of the account’s assignment, along with the company’s name and contact information. The company will then send its own letter to the taxpayer and representative confirming the account transfer. Both letters will include information to help taxpayers identify the tax amount owed and confirm that any phone calls from the company are legitimate.

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