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Backlog of IRS notices being mailed out

During the shutdown of the IRS offices due to COVID-19, millions of notices did not get mailed out. As the IRS offices slowly reopen, these same notices are being mailed out without confirmation that the due date for a balance has been extended. 

Last updated: 24 July 2020

The IRS has stated that each notice should include a Notice 1052-A insert confirming that the due dates printed on the notices have been extended. However, some taxpayers have been panicking as they did not receive the insert.  

The IRS has confirmed on their website that if the notice is for a tax return that was due on or after April 1, 2020 and before July 15, 2020, the postponed deadline for making the tax payment is July 15, 2020. The IRS is also aware that there may be delays in mail reaching taxpayers and are just asking that it be dealt with promptly when it is received.

Please note that not all notices are sent by the IRS or by the state tax board. Scammers are taking advantage of the office closures and publicly available information to obtain the name and address of taxpayers and are sending fake notices with threatening and intimidating language demanding payments. Some of the letters we have seen can be quite convincing so it is always best for all letters and notices to be reviewed carefully and to send a copy to your advisor so that they can recommend the appropriate action to resolve it.

In addition to letters, taxpayers need to be aware of fake phone calls, website and emails. These are listed alongside other tax scams on the IRS' dirty dozen announcement

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Last updated: 24 July 2020

The IRS has stated that each notice should include a Notice 1052-A insert confirming that the due dates printed on the notices have been extended. However, some taxpayers have been panicking as they did not receive the insert.  

The IRS has confirmed on their website that if the notice is for a tax return that was due on or after April 1, 2020 and before July 15, 2020, the postponed deadline for making the tax payment is July 15, 2020. The IRS is also aware that there may be delays in mail reaching taxpayers and are just asking that it be dealt with promptly when it is received.

Please note that not all notices are sent by the IRS or by the state tax board. Scammers are taking advantage of the office closures and publicly available information to obtain the name and address of taxpayers and are sending fake notices with threatening and intimidating language demanding payments. Some of the letters we have seen can be quite convincing so it is always best for all letters and notices to be reviewed carefully and to send a copy to your advisor so that they can recommend the appropriate action to resolve it.

In addition to letters, taxpayers need to be aware of fake phone calls, website and emails. These are listed alongside other tax scams on the IRS' dirty dozen announcement

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