Coronavirus has taken a toll on businesses nationwide and the IRS is no exception. With service centers shut down and a large portion of functions not being operational, the IRS has quite a bit to catch up on as they are opening back up and resuming normal operations.
Part of this “catch-up” is dealing with the notices the IRS sends out. In many cases, IRS notices are computer-generated. So even though there was no one working to put the notices in the mail, IRS computers continued to print them for mailing to taxpayers. The result is over 20 million notices that the IRS is now starting to send out.
All IRS notices have a date on them by which the taxpayer is required to respond. These deadlines are based on the date the notice was printed and the anticipated delivery date based on the printed date.
As a result, many of these deadlines will have passed by the time taxpayers receive their notice.
IF you should get a notice with an expired response deadline, we want to make you aware of a few things.
First – DON’T PANIC. The IRS is aware of the situation and is adjusting deadlines on their end to account for the delayed mailings.
Second – read the notice and then take a look at the 1052 insert included that will have a letter code. (So far, the inserts would either be 1052-A or 1052-B). This insert will explain what your updated response deadline is.
Third – if you receive a notice and are still confused by the response date on it, please reach out and we can walk through it with you. If you do need to reach out, we request that you upload or fax the notice AND the insert (both sides of every page) before calling or scheduling an appointment with us. Doing so allows us to look at everything you have received when we talk. This will help us best advise you on the updated timeline for responses.
As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.