Research guides

Federal Taxation

Announcements, Notices and Information Releases

Announcements, Notices, Information Releases, and Technical Information Releases are issued by the IRS to the public about matters of general interest.

Announcements are public pronouncements on matters of general interest. They are issued when guidance of a substantive or procedural nature is needed quickly. Notices are informative statements that contain guidance involving substantive interpretations of the Internal Revenue Code or other provisions of the law.

Announcements are published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin but are typically not reprinted in the Cumulative Bulletin. Notices are also published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. For where to find the Internal Revenue Bulletin, see the Internal Revenue Bulletin page of this guide.

Information Releases (IR) are released by the IRS's Public Affairs Office to announce general matters and usually do not deal with substantive tax matters. Technical Information Releases (TIR) are used by the National Office to disseminate immediate guidance to the public with respect to important technical developments. IRs and TIRs are not published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin.

Online

News Release and Fact Sheet Archive Internal Revenue Service
Contains 1997 - present.

Research Tip

Print newsletters, like Daily Tax Report and Tax Notes, may include summaries of IRs and TIRs.

Select Announcements and Notices may also be available on free internet resources, like Legalbitstream.com.

Onsite Westlaw

IRS Announcements and Notices
Available on the library's Westlaw computers. From the All Content tab, select Administrative Decisions & Guidance > Internal Revenue Service IRS (listed under All Federal Administrative Decisions & Guidance) > Announcements & Notices. Coverage begins with 1954 (Announcements) and 1980 (Notices).

Federal Taxation IRS News Releases
Available on the Library's Westlaw computers. From the All Content tab, select Administrative Decisions & Guidance > Internal Revenue Service IRS (listed under All Federal Administrative Decisions & Guidance) > News Releases. Coverage begins with 1981.

Print

Standard Federal Tax Reporter CCH
Library has 1951 - present. See Finding Lists, Announcements, Notices or Finding Lists, Internal Revenue Service News Releases.