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Portman, OSCPA ask IRS to address processing delays

Written on Mar 17, 2022

OSCPA staff report 

Sen. Rob Portman, R-OH, on March 14 joined The Ohio Society of CPAs in calling for the IRS to address customer service and processing issues. 

Portman, a member of the Senate Finance Committee that oversees the IRS, was in a bipartisan group of 42 senators who coauthored a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig that reiterates ongoing concerns and urges the IRS to provide much needed relief. Lawmakers wrote that the IRS’s lack of action is causing confusion during tax season. 

“We remain concerned that the IRS does not have a comprehensive plan to remedy the numerous problems affecting taxpayers, despite the fact that this filing season is already well underway,” they wrote. “For example, there is continued confusion about which notices may be unilaterally suspended by the IRS, beyond the notices the IRS has already suspended, among other issues.” 

OSCPA President & CEO Scott Wiley, CAE, said it is important for the IRS to act soon. 

“We appreciate Senator Portman’s leadership to address IRS service issues and to further suspend various taxpayer notices,” Wiley said. “Our members, and the taxpayers they serve, are in the midst of their third consecutive difficult tax season and further relief would be welcomed as soon as possible with deadlines quickly approaching.” 

The lawmakers asked the IRS to address which notices are statutorily required to be issued within a specific time, and why there are still certain notices that have not yet been suspended. 

This letter is also supported by the AICPA, the National Association of Black Accountants, and many other national accounting and business organizations. The full text can be found here