IRS: What You Need to Know Now

The IRS is sharing a list of hot issues that taxpayers should be aware of.

Tax Relief For Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
The IRS is providing help to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Special tax relief and assistance is available to taxpayers in the Presidential Disaster Areas. We are monitoring the situation closely to resolve potential tax administration issues as they are identified. The IRS often updates its information on disaster relief efforts. For the latest news, check the Hurricane Harvey and Hurricanes Irma and Maria information centers frequently.

For information on government-wide efforts related to these natural disasters, please visit:,,  and

Is it really the IRS calling?
Many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email. Don’t get scammed. We want you to understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and help you determine whether a contact you may have received is truly from an IRS employee.

The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service.

However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations.

To understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and determine if it’s truly the IRS see: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door.

For the IRS’ full list of hot topics for taxpayers please click here.

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