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Taxpayer Advocacy Panel                               

Want to Improve the IRS?®SPEAK UP

By Andrea Price, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Member Representing Ohio
The Truth Contributor

TAPís mission is to listen to taxpayers, identify taxpayersí issues and make suggestions for improving the IRS service and customer satisfaction. We not only listen to taxpayers; we try to do something about it. The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) is supported by and aligned with the IRS but is not part of the IRS and 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 has six committees working on suggestions submitted by taxpayers. This month I would like to focus on the Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) Improvements Committee. TAC is your local IRS office. In Toledo, the office is located at the Four Seagate Building. If you need to visit your local IRS office, you are required to make an appointment by calling 845-545-5640 from 7 a.m. - 7a .m.

The TAC committee is currently working with the IRS to be more customer focused by posting customer friendly signs on the doors of the office and to promote online services. Currently it reads: Appointments Required at IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers. To make an appointment, call us at 844-545-5640. Taxpayers do not need an appointment to make a limited payment, pick up tax forms, or drop off a current year tax return.  The TAC committee is working with the IRS and a proposed draft is: Appointments Required. Services are provided by appointment and no appointment is needed to submit non-cash payments or a current year tax return. Taxpayers without an appointment will be seen if we have availability. For more information on IRS services, how to make an appointment, view online tools to make payments, check on the status of a refund and more, see our website at www.irs.gov.

Another taxpayerís suggestion, we are working with the IRS to improve, is to add a map link on the IRS website to the local IRS office with parking information.

Planning to travel outside of the U.S. this year? Donít risk a passport revocation - arrange to settle large IRS debts now

TAX NEWS from Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS)

The Internal Revenue Service is urging taxpayers to resolve their significant tax debts, $50,000 or more, to avoid putting their passports in jeopardy. If you owe $50,000 or more and havenít made payment arrangements, please contact the IRS now to avoid travel delays later.

Why is the State Department allowed to limit or revoke my passport due to unpaid taxes?

In December 2015, Congress passed the Fixing Americaís Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. That act authorized the IRS to certify to the State Department taxpayers who owe a seriously delinquent tax debt. A seriously delinquent tax debt is an unpaid, legally enforceable federal tax debt totaling more than $50,000 (Please note that this amount is adjusted annually for inflation.) for which a notice of federal tax lien has been filed and all administrative remedies under IRC ß 6320 have lapsed or been exhausted, or a levy has been issued. The IRS began certifying these debts to the State Department in 2018. Under the law, the State Department must deny your passport application and may revoke or limit your passport if the IRS has certified you as having a seriously delinquent tax debt. A seriously delinquent tax debt does not include non-tax debts collected by the IRS, such as the *FBAR penalty and child support.

When will my seriously delinquent tax debt be certified to the State Department?

The IRS already began certifying certain taxpayers in phases and will continue certifying all seriously delinquent individual taxpayer accounts. The IRS will send a Notice CP 508C to your last known address at the time it certifies your seriously delinquent tax debt to the State Department.

There are some exceptions from passport certification; see more on denying, revoking passports because of tax debt for a list of those special circumstances. For taxpayers serving in a combat zone and who have a seriously delinquent tax debt, the IRS will postpone certifying their tax debt to the State Department while they remain performing such service. In addition, taxpayers who have open cases with the Taxpayer Advocate Service will now temporarily be excluded thanks to TASís past advocacy efforts.

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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheTaxpayerAdvocacyPanel

*FBAR refers to Form 114, Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, that must be filed with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), which is a bureau of the Treasury Department. ... The FBAR filing requirement is not part of filing a tax return. The FBAR Form 114 is filed separately and directly with FinCEN.



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