Lawmakers are asking the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) some tough questions. Two representatives from the tax committee are wondering why this agency is sending out delinquency notices to taxpayers when the agency has not finished processing its massive backlog of mail. This backlog, the lawmakers contend, likely contains payment for the bills the agency is claiming are delinquent.
How big of a problem is this?
According to a recent publication by Accounting Today, lawmakers state many taxpayers were impacted by these mailings. One group claims the agency has sent out over 260,000 notices, the other, over 11 million. Either way, the IRS clearly sent out a lot of notices to taxpayers questioning their 2019 taxes.
Lawmakers fear many of these notices are confusing and unnecessary, as the taxpayer may have addressed the concerns and the agency simply has yet to open their mail.
Unfortunately, this is not the only problem lawmakers are pointing out with in the IRS. Lawmakers have also pointed out concerns about erroneous revocation notices to tax-exempt organizations and incorrect balance-due notices.
What should I do if I get a delinquency notice or other correspondence from the IRS?
It is important to take any correspondence from the IRS seriously. The agency did post a statement earlier in February stating taxpayers can ignore these specific mailings, referred toa s CP59 notices. However, if you are concerned or if you receive a different notice, you can reach out to legal counsel to help review the mailing. The attorneys at Goldburd McCone are familiar with these matters and can discuss your options.