Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $846K Worth of Narcotics in Two Seizures

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CBP Statement on Death of Migrant Found in Remote Area
03/26/2022 08:00 PM EDT
On March 19, 2022, at approximately 7:54 a.m. CST, personnel at the U.S. Border Patrol’s Uvalde Station were notified by the Del Rio Border Intelligence Center of a 911 call placed by a 45-year-old undocumented Mexican migrant who indicated he was…

Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $846K Worth of Narcotics in Two Seizures03/25/2022 06:21 PM EDT
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted alleged narcotics in two separate enforcement actions that have a combined estimated street value of $846,030.“Our officers used…

Oficiales de CBP de Brownsville Incautan Narcóticos Con Valor de $846,000 en Dos Incautaciones03/25/2022 06:20 PM EDT
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Los oficiales de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés) de EE. UU. en el puerto de entrada de Brownsville interceptaron supuestos narcóticos en dos acciones policiales distintas que tienen un valor…

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Uvalde Agents Arrest Previously Deported Sex Offender

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RGV Agents Arrest Five Gang Members03/25/2022 03:14 PM EDT
EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrested four Mara-Salvatrucha (MS-13) and an 18th Street gang members over several days.On March 21, McAllen Border Patrol Station (MCS) agents apprehended a group of 16 migrants south…

Uvalde Agents Arrest Previously Deported Sex Offender03/25/2022 02:55 PM EDT
DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector’s Uvalde Station arrested a convicted sex offender shortly after he illegally entered the United States, March 22.At approximately 5 p.m., agents responded to a request for…

46 Migrants Discovered in Smuggling Attempt03/25/2022 02:49 PM EDT
UVALDE, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector’s Uvalde Station encountered 46 smuggled migrants in the back of a tractor-trailer belly-dump rig, March 23.At approximately 7:45 a.m., Uvalde Police Department Officers contacted…

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CBP Expands Facial Biometrics to Mobile, Alabama Cruise Ship Terminal

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CBP Expands Facial Biometrics to Mobile, Alabama Cruise Ship Terminal03/25/2022 04:04 PM EDT
NEW ORLEANS, La. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with Carnival Cruise Line, expanded the use of facial biometrics into the debarkation process at the Port of Mobile, AL, becoming the latest seaport to modernize efforts to…

RGV Agents Arrest Five Gang Members03/25/2022 03:14 PM EDT
EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrested four Mara-Salvatrucha (MS-13) and an 18th Street gang members over several days.On March 21, McAllen Border Patrol Station (MCS) agents apprehended a group of 16 migrants south…

Uvalde Agents Arrest Previously Deported Sex Offender03/25/2022 02:55 PM EDT
DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector’s Uvalde Station arrested a convicted sex offender shortly after he illegally entered the United States, March 22.At approximately 5 p.m., agents responded to a request for…

46 Migrants Discovered in Smuggling Attempt03/25/2022 02:49 PM EDT
UVALDE, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector’s Uvalde Station encountered 46 smuggled migrants in the back of a tractor-trailer belly-dump rig, March 23.At approximately 7:45 a.m., Uvalde Police Department Officers contacted…

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Easy steps to avoid tax return errors that can delay processing or adjust refunds

Issue Number:​ ​ 2022-12

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  1. Easy steps to avoid tax return errors that can delay processing or adjust refunds
  2. Reasons why some tax refunds filed electronically take longer than 21 days
  3. Electronic tax payment, agreement options available to taxpayers who owe
  4. Deadline reminder: IRS has $1.5 billion in refunds for people who haven’t filed a 2018 federal income tax return
  5. Remember to check a box on Form 1040, 1040-SR, 1040-NR on virtual currency transactions for 2021
  6. A Closer Look: Timing is right to consider a career at the IRS
  7. IRS finalizes FAQs for payment by Indian tribal governments and Alaska Native Corporations to individuals
  8. IRS revises FAQs on third-round EIPs, 2020 unemployment compensation exclusion
  9. News from the Justice Department’s Tax Division
  10. Technical Guidance

1.​ ​ Easy steps to avoid tax return errors that can delay processing or adjust refunds


This filing season, the IRS is seeing signs of a number of common errors, including some taxpayers claiming incorrect amounts of the Recovery Rebate Credit and Child Tax Credit. Visit IRS.gov for easy ways to avoid common mistakes being seen so far this tax season. This article is also available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese.

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2.​ ​ Reasons why some tax refunds filed electronically take longer than 21 days


Even though the IRS issues most refunds in less than 21 days for taxpayers who filed electronically and chose direct deposit, some refunds may take longer. The IRS shares many of the different factors that can affect the timing of a refund after the IRS receives a return. This article is also available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese.

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3.​ ​ Electronic tax payment, agreement options available to taxpayers who owe


If your client has a tax bill, remind them that there are several ways to make payments, and there are options for many people who can’t pay their tax bill in full by the​ April tax deadline. This article is also available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese.

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4.​ ​ Deadline reminder: IRS has $1.5 billion in refunds for people who haven’t filed a 2018 federal income tax return


Unclaimed income tax refunds totaling almost $1.5 billion may be waiting for an estimated 1.5 million taxpayers who did not file a 2018 Form 1040 federal income tax return, but people must act before the April tax deadline. In cases where a federal income tax return was not filed, the law provides most taxpayers with a three-year window of opportunity to claim a tax refund. For 2018 tax returns, the window closes April 18, 2022, for most taxpayers. This article is also available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese.

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5.​ ​ Remember to check a box on Form 1040, 1040-SR, 1040-NR on virtual currency transactions for 2021


There is a virtual currency question at the top of Form 1040, Form 1040-SR and Form 1040-NR. It asks: “At any time during 2021, did you receive, sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of any financial interest in any virtual currency?” All taxpayers filing Form 1040, Form 1040-SR or Form 1040-NR must check one box answering either “Yes” or “No” to the virtual currency question. The question must be answered by all taxpayers, not just taxpayers who engaged in a transaction involving virtual currency in 2021. This article is also available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese.

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6.​ ​ A Closer Look: Timing is right to consider a career at the IRS


In the recent issue of “A Closer​ Look,” Ken Corbin, Commissioner, Wage & Investment Division and Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer, discusses why this is the right time to consider a career with the IRS. This article is also available in Spanish.

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7.​ ​ IRS finalizes FAQs for payment by Indian tribal governments and Alaska Native Corporations to individuals


The IRS issued final frequently asked questions (FAQs) for Payments by Indian Tribal Governments and Alaska Native Corporations to Individuals under COVID-Relief Legislation. These reflect updates to the draft FAQs, released in May 2021, based on input from tribal government and Alaska Native Corporations leaders.

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8.​ ​ IRS revises FAQs on third-round EIPs, 2020 unemployment compensation exclusion


The IRS revised the following frequently asked questions (FAQs):

FAQs are being issued to provide general information to taxpayers and tax professionals as expeditiously as possible.

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9.​ ​ News from the Justice Department’s Tax Division


Florida tax return preparer Fred Pickett Jr. was sentenced to 97 months in prison for preparing false tax returns for his clients. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Pickett has been ordered to serve one year of supervised release and pay approximately $169,639 in restitution to the IRS.

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10.​ ​ Technical Guidance


Notice 2022-14 sets forth updates on the corporate bond monthly yield curve, the corresponding spot segment rates for March 2022 used under section 417(e)(3)(D), the 24-month average segment rates applicable for March 2022, and the 30-year Treasury rates, as reflected by the application of section 430(h)(2)(C)(iv).

Revenue Ruling 2022-7 updates Rev. Rul. 2004-53 in accordance with the Taxpayer First Act by explaining that all recipients of returns or return information pursuant to section 6103(c), including government employees, are subject to the disclosure restrictions of section 6103(a).

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IRS reminder to many retirees: April 1 is last day to start taking money out of IRAs and 401(k)s

Issue Number:​ ​ ​ ​ IR-2022-69

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IRS reminder to many retirees: April 1 is last day to start taking money out of IRAs and 401(k)s

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded retirees who turned 72 during the last half of 2021 that, in most cases, Friday, April 1, 2022, is the last day to begin receiving payments from Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), 401(k)s and similar workplace retirement plans.

The payments, called required minimum distributions (RMDs), are normally made by the end of the year. But anyone who reached age 72 after June 30, 2021, is covered by a special rule that allows IRA account owners and participants in workplace retirement plans to wait until as late as April 1, 2022, to take their first RMD. In other words, in general, the special April 1 rule applies to IRA owners and other participants in these plans who were born after June 30, 1949.

Two payments in the same year
The April 1 RMD deadline only applies to the required distribution for the first year. For all later years, the RMD must be made by Dec. 31.

This means that taxpayers who turned 72 after June 30, 2021, and receive their first required distribution (for 2021) in 2022 on or before April 1, must receive their second RMD (for 2022) by Dec. 31, 2022. Even though the first distribution is actually the required 2021 distribution, it’s taxable in 2022 and reported on the 2022 tax return – along with the regular 2022 distribution.

Types of retirement plans requiring RMDs
These required distribution rules apply to owners of traditional, SEP and SIMPLE IRAs while the original owner is alive. They also apply to participants in various workplace retirement plans, including 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) plans. RMDs don’t apply to Roth IRAs.

An IRA trustee must either report the amount of the RMD to the IRA owner or offer to calculate it. Often, the trustee shows the RMD amount on Form 5498 in Box 12b. For a 2021 RMD, required by April 1, 2022, the RMD amount is shown on the 2020 Form 5498, normally issued to the owner during the first part of 2021.

Some can delay RMDs
Though the April 1 deadline is mandatory for all owners of traditional IRAs and most participants in workplace retirement plans, some people with workplace plans can wait longer to receive their RMD.

Most participants who are still working for that employer can wait until April 1 of the year after they retire to start receiving these distributions, if their workplace plan allows. This RMD exception does not apply to 5% owners of the business sponsoring the retirement plan or to participants in SEP and SIMPLE IRA plans. See Tax on Excess Accumulation in Publication 575 for details.

Employees of public schools and certain tax-exempt organizations with 403(b) plan accruals before 1987 should check with their employer, plan administrator or provider to see how to treat these accruals.

IRS online tools and publications can help
Many answers to questions about RMDs can be found at RMD FAQs on IRS.gov. Most taxpayers use Table III (Uniform Lifetime) to figure their RMD. Married taxpayers whose spouse is more than 10 years younger and is their only beneficiary use Table II.

Because this and other life expectancy tables were updated for 2022, recipients need to use a different version of this table to figure their 2021 RMD, compared to their 2022 RMD. The required withdrawals in 2022 and future years will generally be smaller.

For a 2021 RMD (due April 1, 2022), use the life expectancy tables in Appendix B of the Pub. 590-B used for preparing 2020 returns. As shown in Table III, the RMD for a person age 72 in 2021 will normally be based on a distribution period of 25.6 years. Divide the Dec. 31, 2020, balance by 25.6 to get the RMD for 2021.

For a 2022 RMD (due Dec. 31, 2022), use the revised life expectancy tables in Appendix B of the Pub. 590-B used for preparing 2021 returns. As shown in the revised Table III, the RMD for a person age 72 in 2022 will normally be based on a distribution period of 27.4 years. Divide the Dec. 31, 2021, balance by 27.4 to get the RMD for 2022.

Pub. 590-B has worksheets, examples and other information that can help anyone figure their RMD. Visit IRS.gov for more information.

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IRS finalizes frequently asked questions for payment by Indian tribal governments and Alaska native corporations to individuals

Issue Number:​ ​ ​ ​ IR-2022-68

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IRS finalizes frequently asked questions for payment by Indian tribal governments and Alaska native corporations to individuals

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued final frequently asked questions (FAQs) for Payments by Indian Tribal Governments and Alaska Native Corporations to Individuals under COVID- Relief Legislation (FS-2022-23).​

These reflect updates to the Draft FAQs, released in May 2021, based on input from tribal government and Alaska Native Corporations leaders.

For purposes of these FAQs, references to tribal members include other eligible recipients of COVID relief payments, such as a tribal member’s dependents. In addition, the answers in FAQs 1-14 relating to the tax treatment and information reporting of payments made from Tribes to tribal members should be considered to apply equally to payments made from ANCs to their shareholders and other eligible recipients, such as an ANC shareholder’s dependents.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), enacted on March 27, 2020, provided a number of emergency relief programs that benefit Indian Tribal Governments (Tribes) and tribal members. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), enacted on December 27, 2020, extended certain COVID-related tax provisions, and provides for appropriations for COVID-19 emergency response and relief for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, including additional funds for Tribes. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), enacted on March 11, 2021, also extended previous programs, and added new relief provisions that benefit Tribes and tribal members. These programs allow Tribes to provide emergency relief payments to tribal members and their families for necessary expenses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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IRS provides revised frequently asked questions on Third-round Economic Impact Payment

Issue Number:​ ​ ​ ​ IR-2022-67

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IRS provides revised frequently asked questions on Third-round Economic Impact Payment

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the third-round Economic Impact Payment (FS-2022-22) PDF.

These FAQs revisions (as noted by date at the end of each revised question) are as follows:

  • Third-round Economic Impact Payment — Topic A: General Information
  • Third-round Economic Impact Payment — Topic B: Eligibility and Calculation of the Third Payment
  • Third-round Economic Impact Payment — Topic C: Plus-Up Payments
  • Third-round Economic Impact Payment — Topic D: EIP Cards
  • Third-round Economic Impact Payment — Topic E: Requesting My Payment
  • Third-round Economic Impact Payment — Topic F: Social Security, Railroad Retirement and Department of Veterans Affairs benefit recipients
  • Third-round Economic Impact Payment — Topic G: Receiving My Payment
  • Third-round Economic Impact Payment — Topic H: Reconciling on Your 2021 Tax Return
  • Third-round Economic Impact Payment — Topic J: Payment Issued but Lost, Stolen, Destroyed or Not Received

These FAQs are being issued to provide general information to taxpayers and tax professionals as expeditiously as possible.

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More information on the Recovery Rebate Credit is available on IRS.gov.

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USPTO delays the effective date for identity verification requirement for trademark filers

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USPTO delays the effective date for identity verification requirement for trademark filers

With trademark fraud a growing problem (see our blog here), identity verification is integral to the protection of legitimate filers and the integrity of the federal trademark register. Since USPTO launched its trademark filer verification processes in January, in advance of the previously scheduled date of April 9​ for the identity verification becoming mandatory, filers choosing to verify their identities have had the option to do so via a notarized paper process, or electronically via an online digital process through ID.me.​ To date, more than 20,000 filers have elected to verify their identities, and identity verification will continue to serve as an additional tool to bring more security to the filing process and our trademark register.

USPTO strives to ensure the tools utilized to verify trademark filers are equitable, inclusive, and secure. Accordingly, as the USPTO evaluates and solicits feedback on our online digital identity verification option, we are announcing that we are postponing the April 9 effective date upon which identity verification was scheduled to become mandatory. A new effective date will be announced at the appropriate time with reasonable advance notice.

Those who elect to complete the identity verification process before the effective date may do so using either the notarized paper identity verification process or the online digital identity verification process.

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Documentation of Employment Authorization for Certain E and L Nonimmigrant Dependent Spouses

Documentation of Employment Authorization for Certain E and L Nonimmigrant Dependent Spouses

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Documentation of Employment Authorization for Certain E and L Nonimmigrant Dependent Spouses

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On March 18, 2022, USCIS issued a Policy Alert titled ‘Documentation of Employment Authorization for Certain E and L Nonimmigrant Dependent Spouses’. As of January 30, 2022, USCIS and CBP began issuing Form I‑94, Arrival‑Departure records, with new classes of admission (COA) codes for certain E and L nonimmigrant dependent spouses who are employment authorized based on their status. The COA designations for E nonimmigrant spouses are E‑1S, E‑2S, E‑3S, and L‑2S for nonimmigrant L spouses. Forms I‑94 containing these code designations are acceptable as a List C, #7 Employment Authorization Document issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

Employees providing this as a List C document must also provide a List B Identity document from the Lists of Acceptable Documents. For more information on acceptable Form I‑9 documentation, please visit Form I‑9 Acceptable Documents Webpage.

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Library Awards More than $500,000 to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse Communities

Library Awards More than $500,000 to Support Contemporary Cultural Field Research within Diverse Communities

The Library of Congress American Folklife Center is pleased to announce the inaugural recipient cohort of the Community Collections Grant program. This series of grants, part of the Of the People: Widening the Path initiative, is awarded to individuals and organizations working to document cultures and traditions of Black, Indigenous and communities of color historically underrepresented in the United States and in the Library’s collections.  

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