IRS Field Revenue Officers and How to Confirm Their Identity If They Come Knocking at Your Door: a TAS Tax Tip

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IRS Field Revenue Officers and How to Confirm Their Identity

IRS Field Revenue Officers and How to Confirm Their Identity If They Come Knocking at Your Door: a TAS Tax Tip The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has begun conducting face-to-face meetings with individual and business taxpayers as a part of a special compliance effort entitled Revenue Officer Compliance Sweep (ROCS). This is an extremely high priority effort where IRS field revenue officers (RO’s) will be working to resolve compliance issues, including missing tax returns and taxes owed, with a special emphasis on payroll taxes. The RO’s will visit areas where there is little to no IRS presence. They will interview taxpayers while gathering financial information to help them become compliant now and remain so in the future. The new effort began Wisconsin, Texas, and Arkansas and will eventually rollout nationwide. To avoid confusion with IRS scam artists and other imposters, the IRS will announce general details about these efforts in specific locations as an important step to raise community awareness around IRS activity during a specified time. Visits from IRS agents shouldn't be confused as a scam. Here’s what to look for: Taxpayers may receive an appointment letter requesting certain information and providing an opportunity to call the IRS to … Read More

IRS Temporarily Halting Passport Revocations for Some Taxpayers

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IRS to Temporarily Halt Passport Revocations for Some Taxpayers

IRS Temporarily Halting Passport Revocations for Some Taxpayers Memorandum for Taxpayer Advocate Service Employees NTA Blog In a memorandum to Tax Advocate Service (TAS) employees, the TAS has stated that the IRS will temporarily decertify taxpayers with open TAS cases. Decertification means that taxpayers with seriously delinquent tax debts will, temporarily, not be at risk of having their passports revoked by the State Department merely because of those seriously delinquent tax debts. Background. Code Sec. 7345 authorizes (but does not require) the IRS to certify a taxpayer's seriously delinquent tax debt to the State Department for the purposes of passport denial, limitation, or revocation. A seriously delinquent tax debt is an assessed individual tax liability exceeding $50,000 (adjusted for inflation) for which either a notice of federal tax lien has been filed or a levy has been made. IRS must also send a decertification to the Department of State where the certification was in error or where there is no longer a seriously delinquent tax debt. (Code Sec. 7345(b)) The Internal Revenue Manual provides details as to how the IRS certifies and decertifies a taxpayer. (IRM 13.1.24) A decertification protects the taxpayer's passport from being denied, limited, or revoked. The … Read More

Taxpayer Roadmap 2019, An Illustration of The Modern United States Tax System

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Taxpayer Roadmap 2019, an Illustration of The Modern United States Tax System

Taxpayer Roadmap 2019, an Illustration of The Modern United States Tax System The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) has mapped out the modern United States tax system – and it makes New York's subway system look simple. You can view a full size version as a PDF here. According to TAS, the map is intended to illustrate "the stages of a taxpayer’s journey through the tax system." The map highlights the complexity of tax administration, with its many connections, overlaps, and repetitions between stages. "It makes clear," explains TAS, "why the road to tax compliance isn’t always easy to navigate." The National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA), Nina Olson, released the map before her scheduled departure this year. "Anyone looking at this map will understand that we have an incredibly complex tax system that is almost impossible for the average taxpayer to navigate," Olson said. "I personally have spent dozens of hours designing and preparing this map, as have many members of my staff." Olson went on to make clear that there’s more to come. "For every step shown on the map, there are tens of steps and interactions that are impossible to represent in a single document," she explained. "Thus, TAS is working … Read More

IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Using Taxpayer Advocate Service Numbers

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IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Using Taxpayer Advocate Service Numbers

The Internal Revenue Service is warning the public about a new phone scam.  A twist on the IRS impersonation phone scam, criminals fake calls from the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an independent organization within the IRS. Similar to other IRS impersonation scams, thieves make unsolicited phone calls to their intended victims fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS. In this most recent scam variation, callers “spoof” the telephone number of the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service office in Houston or Brooklyn. Calls may be ‘robo-calls’ that request a call back. Once the taxpayer returns the call, the con artist requests personal information, including Social Security number or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). TAS can help protect your taxpayer rights. TAS can help if you need assistance resolving an IRS problem, if your problem is causing financial difficulty, or if you believe an IRS system or procedure isn’t working as it should. TAS does not initiate calls to taxpayers “out of the blue.” Typically, a taxpayer would contact TAS for help first, and only then would TAS reach out to the taxpayer. In other variations of the IRS impersonation phone scam, fraudsters demand immediate payment of taxes by a prepaid debit card … Read More

IRS Activities Following the Shutdown

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IRS Activities Following the Shutdown

The IRS has reopened following the end of the government shutdown, and IRS employees are working hard to resume normal operations and help taxpayers as much as possible. As the IRS resumes operations, there are some important pieces of information for taxpayers and tax professionals to keep in mind in several areas: Audits. For taxpayers and tax professionals with questions about examinations affected by the shutdown, we have Frequently Asked Questions. The IRS also had advice for taxpayers who had planned to send material to their IRS auditor but didn’t because of the government shutdown. The IRS recommended that If taxpayers have already assembled the requested material, they can immediately send the material to their auditor. “You may call your auditor to discuss any items on your document request if you need clarification,” said the IRS. “Your auditor will also be reaching out to you to re-establish contact in the next several business days. During this contact, your auditor will be able to answer questions you have and will address the time frame on when the requested information is due.” Collections. For taxpayers and tax professionals with collection issue affected by the shutdown, visit the Frequently Asked Questions. This section … Read More

TAS ASSISTANCE OFFERED AT LOCAL PROBLEM SOLVING DAYS

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The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will conduct Problem Solving Day events in communities throughout the country in the coming months and year. During these events, TAS employees from a local office will be available to assist taxpayers in person with tax problems they have not been able to resolve with the IRS. Generally, TAS can assist taxpayers whose problems with the IRS are causing financial difficulties, who’ve tried but haven’t been able to resolve their problems with the IRS, or believe an IRS system or procedure isn’t working as it should. And our service is free. Why is TAS holding Problem Solving Days? Congress created the Office of the National Taxpayer Advocate as we know it today through the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 (RRA 98). The law further strengthened the role of TAS and provided for Local Taxpayer Advocates in each state. TAS maintains a geographic presence in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and continues to look at changing taxpayer demographics to adjust its footprint to meet taxpayer needs. Recognizing the importance of personal contact, we work one-on-one with taxpayers and their representatives within our area to resolve their tax issues. As the IRS develops … Read More