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SPEAK UP• Want to improve the IRS?

By Andrea Price, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel member representing Ohio
Guest Column

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) is supported by and aligned with the IRS but is not part of the IRS and the members are not employees of the IRS. TAP is comprised of civic-minded citizen volunteers from all walks of life representing each state, D.C., Puerto Rico and an international member (citizens living, working or doing business abroad).

TAP’s mission is to listen to taxpayers, identify taxpayers’ issues and make suggestions for improving the IRS service and customer satisfaction. We not only listen to taxpayers; but we also try to do something about it.

TAP has six committees working on suggestions submitted by taxpayers. This month I would like to focus on the Taxpayer Communications Committee (TCC).

The TCC is currently working with the IRS to help taxpayers understand the difference between the third-party authorization Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization and Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative. In addition, they want to improve taxpayer’s ability to understand the language on the forms by simplifying the instructions.

Do you have a tax problem you haven’t been able to resolve with the IRS? Come to the Taxpayer Advocate Service at the upcoming Problem-Solving Day.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will conduct a Problem-Solving Day on August 22, 2019 at the Columbus Main Library on 98 S. Grant Ave from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. TAS employees from the Cleveland and Cincinnati offices will be available to assist tax preparers in person with tax problems regarding their clients that they have not been able to resolve with the IRS.

Generally, TAS can assist taxpayers whose problems with the IRS are causing financial difficulties, who’ve tried but haven’t been able to resolve their problems with the IRS or who believe an IRS system or procedure isn’t working as it should. And the service is free.

Why is TAS holding Problem Solving Days?

Congress created the Office of the National Taxpayer Advocate through the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 (RRA 98). The law further strengthened the role of TAS and provided for Local Taxpayer Advocates in each state. TAS maintains a geographic presence in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and continues to look at changing taxpayer demographics to adjust its footprint to meet taxpayer needs. Recognizing the importance of personal contact, they work one-on-one with taxpayers and their representatives within the area to resolve their tax issues on that day.

Enrolled Agent Inactivation and Termination Letters

This year, the IRS Enrolled Agent (EA) renewal cycle has been completed and they are now beginning the annual clean-up of those who have SSNs ending in 0, 1, 2, or 3 and did not renew. Letters were sent the last week in July advising everyone of this action. Terminations letters were sent to EAs who did not renew for two enrollment cycles.

You can be reinstated by taking the Special Enrollment Examination (SEE). Visit www.prometric.com/irs or contact 855-472-5540. If you have received an inactive status letter, it is because the IRS did not receive your Form 8554, Application for Renewal of Enrollment to Practice Before the Internal Revenue Service. If in error, mail a completed Form 8554, the application fee and proof of required continuing education (CE) hours for the entire renewal cycle (such as transcripts or certificates) to: U.S. Treasury/Enrollment, P.O. Box 301510. Los Angeles, CA 90030-1510.

Everyone has something to say about taxes and the IRS. Please take a moment to give us your suggestions for TAP to consider by contacting one of the following:

TAP Ohio member: tapohioandreaprice@gmail.com

Toll-free at:1-888-912-1227

Website: www.improveirs.org



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Revised: 08/22/19 23:55:46 -0400.

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