The Indiana CPA Society (INCPAS) applauds its members for reaching out to their Congressional delegates and to Indiana Reps. Banks, Bucshon, Carson and Walorski, who joined hundreds of their colleagues in signing bipartisan letters to the Treasury Department urging it to improve this year’s tax filing season process.
The launch of income tax filing season comes as taxpayers and preparers are already feeling frustration with the IRS over unprocessed prior-year returns and unanswered correspondence.
"Our members are struggling to get correct information and timely guidance to clients and organizations," says INCPAS President & CEO Courtney Kincaid, CAE. "Their efforts are complicated by IRS systems, data and automated notices that may be outdated by as much as two years. The five recommendations outlined by this national tax coalition are a reasonable start for immediate relief, both for taxpayers and IRS staff."
INCPAS leaders and staff have met virtually with Indiana delegates, who reported they had already been deluged with complaints from their constituents.
The letters addressed to Treasury Secretary Yellen and IRS Commissioner Rettig were written in response to the Treasury’s recent statement that the upcoming filing season would not be an improvement over last year. The letter asks for the Treasury Department to provide immediate relief to taxpayers — and reduce the backlog — during this tax filing season by:
- Halting automated collections from now until at least 90 days after April 18, 2022;
- Delaying the collection process for filers until any active and pending penalty abatement requests have been processed;
- Streamlining the reasonable-cause penalty abatement process for taxpayers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic without the need for written correspondence;
- Providing targeted tax penalty relief for taxpayers who paid at least 70 percent of the tax due for the 2020 and 2021 tax years; and
- Expediting processing of amended returns and provide TAS and congressional caseworkers with timely responses.
The letters, signed by 191 members of the House of Representatives and 25 Senators, promise that Congress “stands ready to support the IRS and looks forward to hearing how we can help you address any obstacles facing the agency.”
The following Congressional members from Indiana signed the letters:
• U.S. Representative Jim Banks
• U.S. Representative Larry Bucshon
• U.S. Representative Andre Carson
• U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski
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The Indiana CPA Society is a statewide professional association representing nearly 7,000 CPAs and accounting professionals who are transforming business in Indiana. For more information, visit incpas.org