IRS continues work to help taxpayers, suspends mailing of additional letters

Issue Number:​ ​ 2022-06

Inside This Issue

  1. IRS continues work to help taxpayers, suspends mailing of additional letters
  2. Tax Time Guide: American Rescue Plan changes can boost refunds for many families
  3. IRS transitions away from use of third-party verification involving facial recognition
  4. Low Income Taxpayer Clinics share highlights from 2021 annual report
  5. IRS updates 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit frequently asked questions

1. IRS continues work to help taxpayers, suspends mailing of additional letters


The IRS announced the suspension of more than a dozen additional letters, including balance due notices and unfiled tax return notices. The IRS entered this filing season with several million original and amended returns filed by individuals and businesses that have not been processed due to challenges of the historic pandemic and is taking this step to help avoid confusion for taxpayers and tax professionals. These automatic notices have been temporarily stopped until the backlog is worked through.

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2.​ ​ Tax Time Guide: American Rescue Plan changes can boost refunds for many families


The IRS urges Americans to file a 2021 federal income tax return so they can take advantage of key tax benefits included in the American Rescue Plan and other recent legislation. The IRS series Tax Time Guide provides resources and information to help taxpayers during the filing season. This article is also available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese.

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3.​ ​ IRS transitions away from use of third-party verification involving facial recognition


The IRS will transition away from using a third-party service for facial recognition to help authenticate people creating new online accounts. The transition will occur over the coming weeks to prevent larger disruptions to taxpayers during filing season. This article is also available in Simplified Chinese.

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4.​ ​ Low Income Taxpayer Clinics share highlights from 2021 annual report


The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) program office recently announced highlights from its 2021 annual report, describing how LITCs provide representation, education and advocacy for individual taxpayers who are low-income or speak English as a second language. During 2020, LITCs represented nearly 20,000 taxpayers dealing with an IRS tax controversy and provided consultations or advice to another 18,000 taxpayers. This article is also available in Simplified Chinese.

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5.​ ​ IRS updates 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit frequently asked questions


The IRS recently updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit. Visit IRS.gov for an overview of the updated FAQs. This article is also available in Spanish.

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