IRS announces surprise gift of penalty relief for late filers of tax year 2019, 2020 returns

In a surprise announcement that immediately triggered a burst of mostly positive reactions on social media, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday announced that it would be providing "broad-based penalty relief to most people and businesses who file certain 2019 and 2020 [tax] returns late," in an effort to "help struggling taxpayers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic". 

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Expats worry about IRS crackdown, as Congress sends Inflation Reduction Act to Biden for enactment

Friday's approval by the House of Representatives of the Inflation Reduction Act had been expected, but this was scant reassurance to many expatriate Americans who, after years of dealing with the taxation complexities that go with living abroad as a result of such laws as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, are wondering if the additional millions of fresh money that the act sets aside for the IRS will mean even more headaches for them. 

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What expats should know about the Taxpayer Advocate Service

In 2015, just as non-U.S. banks and financial services entities around the world began complying with the U.S. tax evasion prevention law known as FATCA – and in so doing, kicked off a tax-reporting nightmare for U.S. expats that continues – the U.S. Internal Revenue Service closed the last four of its overseas offices, citing an unavoidable need to cut costs... 

TIGTA reports: an interim report on the 2022 filing season; and 'strategy needed' to grow electronic filing of biz returns

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) this month has published two reports that consider differing aspects of the Internal Revenue Service's recent performance – and has arrived at many of the same conclusions that the National Taxpayer Advocate, Erin M. Collins, did, in her annual report to Congress back in January, on what the IRS needs to do to improve its efficacy. 

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Expats with U.S. tax problems told: Why not try the IRS's 'Taxpayer Advocate Service?'

Since the 2022 U.S. tax reporting season began in January, U.S. taxpayers at home and abroad have been repeatedly warned that this will not be an easy year for the IRS, which is starting off with a backlog of at least 10 million unprocessed tax returns from last year. 

In fact, National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins's annual report to Congress, published in January, was a disheartening litany of problems that continue to plague the IRS...

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A Reader Asks: 'Someone mentioned that the IRS's Taxpayer Advocate Service can help expats. How?'

A Reader Asks: 'Someone mentioned that the IRS's Taxpayer Advocate Service can help expats. How?'

Many U.S. expats are still enjoying the sense that the annual nightmare of getting their American taxes done has come and gone, and they have a few months of peace...

Sep-13-2022