Attention! IRS blocked your phone lines this tax season

The large amount of work that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has makes it impossible to serve taxpayers this tax season, so it has made it clear that if necessary, the only contact they will have with those who require will be by email.
"We expect our phone lines to be down for the foreseeable future," IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a media briefing a few days ago. Rettig added that the demand for attention from taxpayers has increased significantly, reported La Opinion.

According to the National Taxpayer Advocate, an independent division of the IRS, the demand for calls reached a record during the past fiscal year, when Americans made 282 million phone calls to the tax agency. Of that number of calls, only 11% were answered.
After the above, Americans who plan to comply with their tax obligations must be very careful when preparing their tax return, since they will not have an IRS advisor who can guide them in the process.
So far, the federal agency has a backlog of nearly five million physical letters and digital emails from taxpayers and accountants. Added to this number, the IRS has a backlog of six million unprocessed individual tax returns, according to the National Taxpayer Advocate.
Given how the situation is, it is estimated that the IRS will take around six months to be able to answer taxpayers, who correspond to past tax seasons, especially 2020.
Given the current situation, a bipartisan group of 200 legislators, led by Senator Bob Menéndez and Senator Bill Cassidy, asked the federal government for help by means of a letter to carry out the declarations corresponding to 2020.

Yesterday I led more than 200 of my colleagues in calling on the IRS to improve the tax filing process for hardworking Americans. Today, we got an immediate response that they've heard our concerns and are working on making some changes.
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) January 27, 2022

"Small businesses and many individuals who depend on their tax refunds to cover daily expenses," he noted. “While the Covid-19 pandemic has affected all federal agencies, the impact on the IRS has been particularly severe,” the lawmakers wrote to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. .
The bipartisan group asked the IRS to stop automatic collections from any tax return you're working on, for any tax year, between now and 90 days after April 18, the due date for filing 2021 tax returns.

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Author: MiamiDiario JM 8:52 am

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