So you’ve stuck out shelter-in-place, slowly re-entered the outside world and filed your taxes. But ho! What’s this? A notice from the IRS with a long past date saying you didn’t file or that you never paid your taxes?! Or even more confusing: a notice with a current date with less than current information. What new devilry is this?
The IRS (for reasons yet unknown to science) has begun sending out notices upon its reopening. “But,” you say, “don’t they have 15 million pieces of unopened mail? Why not go through the mail first before sending out notices?” And you’d be correct, logically speaking. However, the IRS is not run by Vulcans. So here’s the situation at hand:
- Taxpayers are receiving notices from the IRS stating the taxpayer owes payments and that they are now past due payments.
- There has also been a delay in the Tax Court opening its mail which causes the IRS to make premature assessments.
- In addition to past due payment notices, Request for Tax Return notices are going out stating that a taxpayer has not filed their return. The notice instructs the taxpayer that if the return has been previously filed to send them another copy. Well, all that would do is make that mountain of mail into a caldera of overflowing envelopes.
- Taxpayers DID send in the payments – this is a huge chunk of the 12 million pieces of unopened mail sitting in trailers at IRS facilities.
- Taxpayers feel they have to reach out to the IRS to explain that they did indeed file and pay, but no one is able to answer the phones because of staffing issues.
- Anxiety abounds.
So what, pray, is the good news?
The IRS is temporarily suspending collection notices. They do concede that some notices are already in the mail and taxpayers may receive them over the next few weeks.
Should you receive a notice that indicates that you did not file or did not pay when you know you did both, do not panic. Send us a copy of the notice so we have it for your file. We will review it, confirm it’s one of these rogue notices, and then you won’t have to do anything other than continue staying safe.
Remember, when sending sensitive information, please be sure to use our secure methods of communication:
The “Contact Us” upload option on our site
Via a secure link (for this method, contact the office first so we can send you the link).