The IRS didn’t pick up your call? An IRS tax attorney can help you!
We all know how important communication is. Without it, assumptions abound, leaving everybody involved misunderstood, underrepresented and over-frustrated. With small matters between occasional acquaintances, communication isn’t that big of a deal, but when it comes to larger matters, like ones with the IRS, it matters a lot.
Basically, when it comes to any matters involving your personal cash flow, communication is your best friend. Which leads us to the next disturbing sentence: The IRS hung up on 8.8 million taxpayers this year, increasing their “courtesy disconnects” by 1,500 percent from the previous year. Yes, you read that correctly. In 2014, the “courtesy disconnect” was only at 544,000 and jumped to the aforementioned 8.8 million. A “courtesy disconnect” is used when the IRS switchboard is overloaded and cannot handle the calls.
With that sort of unavailability, it’s no wonder more and more people are falling behind on tax extensions and getting in trouble with the IRS. “With funding down about 17 percent on an inflation-adjusted basis since FY 2010, and with the IRS having had to implement large portions of the [ACA] and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) this year without any supplemental funding, sharp declines in taxpayer service were inevitable,” said Nina Olson, a National Taxpayer Advocate, who just released her semi-annual report to Congress.
Her findings also revealed that the IRS only answered 17 percent of calls from taxpayers who called after being notified that their returns had been blocked due to suspicion of identity theft. On top of that, the taxpayers they did end up speaking with waited on hold for an average of 28 minutes.
As disturbing as these numbers are, it still doesn’t negate your responsibility to stay in contact and on time with your account issues. Looking into getting an IRS tax attorney may be a good idea if you were hindered during the tax season. IRS tax attorneys can help make sure your account with the IRS is in good standing and that you don’t fall behind. IRS lawyers at companies like Tax Tiger can help you take the correct steps at getting your account back on track!
Source: Report: IRS Hung Up On 8.8 Million Taxpayers This Year (Up From 544k Last Year); ‘Courtesy Disconnects’ Increased 1,500 Percent – July 15, 2015 – TaxProf Blog
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