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IRS suspends mailing of additional letters

Written on Feb 11, 2022

OSCPA staff report

After pressure from OSCPA, AICPA, CPAs across the country and federal lawmakers, the IRS on Jan. 27 agreed to halt “automated notices in cases where a payment has been credited to a taxpayer, but no return has been processed.” 

Now the IRS is suspending more than a dozen additional letters, including automated collection notices over additional tax, balance due notices, unfiled tax returns and more.

The announcement on Feb. 9 stated: “The IRS entered this filing season with several million original and amended returns filed by individuals and businesses that have not been processed due to challenges of the historic pandemic and is taking this step to help avoid confusion for taxpayers and tax professionals.”

The notices will be paused until the backlog is worked through. The IRS will continue to assess the inventory of prior year returns to determine the appropriate time to resume the notices.

Some taxpayers and tax professionals may still receive these notices during the next few weeks. It is not necessary to call or respond to the notice as the IRS continues to process prior year tax returns as quickly as possible. But if a taxpayer or tax professional believes a notice is accurate, they should act to rectify the situation for the well-being of the taxpayer.

Read more about the announcement here.