Taxpayers need to keep a careful eye on their IRS Notices. Many IRS Notices, many with statutory deadlines were dated during the IRS shut-down due to COVID-19, but not immediately mailed. Consequently, there are many IRS Notices with expired action dates.
The TaxpAyer Advocate stated that during the shutdown, the IRS generated more than 20 million notices, many of which were not mailed. As a result, the notices bear dates that now have passed, some by several months and some of the notices require taxpayers to respond by deadlines that have also passed.
This IRS mishandling creates a false entry on tens of thousands of taxpayers’ official records of account. The expired action dates could preclude taxpayer’s appeal rights.
If you have just received an IRS Notice with a mailing date in March, April, May, or June, be sure to keep the envelope and Notice and record the day you received the Notice. You should call your tax attorney to discuss whether the situation requires action.
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