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Tax Professionals Request Relief From the IRS

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In a letter dated January 14 and addressed to Assistant Secretary Lily Batchelder and IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig, organizations point out the strain that the COVID-19 pandemic, including the impact of recent variants, has placed on the system.

Jan 18th 2022
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As the 2022 tax season is about to begin in full, reputable tax professionals are asking the IRS for some necessary help. 

The National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP), in conjunction with 10 other organizations in the tax community, have sent a letter to the IRS requesting relief for taxpayers.

Specifically, the letter references the unprecedented current number of unprocessed returns in comparison to the years before the pandemic. Consequently, the IRS is sending numerous mistargeted notices, liens and levies. In addition, the IRS is only answering 9 percent of all calls and only 3 percent of calls regarding individual income tax returns, which prevents taxpayers from resolving these straightforward issues.

Accordingly, the NATP and the other organizations request that that the IRS consider the following measures to bring immediate relief to taxpayers and reduce the backlog during this tax filing season:

  • Discontinue automated compliance actions until the IRS is prepared to devote the necessary resources for a proper and timely resolution of the matter.
  • Align requests for account holds with the time it takes the IRS to process any penalty abatement requests.
  • Offer a reasonable cause penalty waiver, similar to the procedures of first time abate (FTA) administrative waiver, without affecting the taxpayer’s eligibility for FTA in future tax years.
  • Provide taxpayers with targeted relief from both the underpayment of estimated tax penalty and the late payment penalty for the 2020 and 2021 tax year.

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