In a recent interview, top-rated tax attorney Senen Garcia, managing partner at the SG Law Group in Miami, Florida, revealed the important IRS guidelines for anyone who owes back taxes during COVID-19. —
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When asked to comment, Garcia said, "While many Americans are aware that the IRS has pushed back the deadline for filing 2019 taxes to July 15. Much of the public might not be aware of the IRS's decision to temporarily suspend tax collection and compliance programs as part of a broader relief initiative for taxpayers. Here are some important changes to keep in mind if you owe back taxes."
Specific compliance programs have been suspended from April 1 to at least July 15 to help ease the burden off the shoulders of the American taxpayer.
“For instance, the IRS are not allowed to initiate liens and levies, and tax authorities cannot seize personal residences. During this period, the IRS has also decided against issuing new automatic, systemic liens and levies,” Garcia said.
Garcia added that specific collection activities will also see a temporary hold take place until at least July 15.
When asked for an example, Garcia said, “When it comes to private debt collection, the IRS will not forward new delinquent accounts onto private collection agencies. However, people who might not have filed their taxes in a while should take note that field revenue officers will continue pursuing non-filers who have a high level of income.”
The Independent Office of Appeals, according to Garcia, will continue operating as usual during the COVID-19 health crisis.
"Anyone at the IRS who works in Appeals will continue with their workload on any active cases. Because of the physical distancing measures implemented in much of the country, previously scheduled conferences will be held remotely by phone or by video conferencing. Because work is proceeding as usual, make sure to promptly address and respond to any requests from the Appeals office so that there won’t be any issues or further delays in your case,” he added.
“If you’re unsure how you should approach filing for back taxes with the IRS during this pandemic, don’t hesitate to reach out to a qualified tax attorney, who can help you keep up to date on all the changes made by the IRS,” Garcia said.
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