IRS Fails to Timely Respond to Taxpayer Inquiries

IRS Fails to Timely Respond to Taxpayer Inquiries

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WebCPA once again reports that the IRS is not following its own rules:

The Internal Revenue Service isn’t meeting a self-imposed 30-day deadline of responding to written inquiries from taxpayers, according to a new report.

The report, from the Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration, found that of 73 correspondence cases sampled from the IRS’s Accounts Management function, only 14 taxpayers (or about 19 percent) received timely and accurate responses.

Of 48 correspondence cases sampled by TIGTA in the IRS’s Automated Underreporter Program, all 48 taxpayers received accurate responses, but only 27 (or 56 percent) of the 48 taxpayers in the sample received their responses on a timely basis.

And of 73 correspondence cases sampled from the Field Assistance Office, only six taxpayers (that is, 8 percent) received timely and accurate responses.

As we’ve said before, the IRS will probably blame this incompetency, as it blames all other incompetencies, on the failure of Congress to increase its funding.

In the world of bloated bureacracy there are no mistakes, only underfundings.

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Peter is a tax attorney and certified public acccountant with over 20 years experience helping taxpayers resolve their IRS and state tax problems.

He has represented thousands of taxpayers who have been experiencing difficulty dealing with the Internal Revenue Service or State tax officials.

He is a member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Bar Association and The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, the United States Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts - Middle District of Florida