Hurricanes and Taxpayer Representation

9/29/22 weekly letter

Hurricanes and Taxpayer Representation, Hurry Up and Wait!


I am by nature an impatient person and seek immediate gratification, as are folks that are in need of tax help or taxpayer representation.

Are you? You would think I would have outgrown this immature (?) behavior; however, it annoys me that I must wait for information or answers on situations out of my control. I just want to know what to prepare for, not wait for updates that change hourly. I am pissed that I need to shop for more toilet paper, paper towels, Tito’s, diet tonic water, and sugar-free red wine (yes, there is such a thing for those on the keto diet). Okay, so the Titos and wine won’t go to waste. LOL! I figure I would have to buy them soon anyway. 😊

Hurry Up and Wait! Hurricanes and Taxpayer Representation

For instance, where and when will Ian wreak havoc in Florida? Spaghetti models, outer bands, tornados, storm force winds, flooding, shutters, yadda, yadda, yadda. Aren’t you over listening to these terms along with walking into a grocery store and finding empty shelves even when we live in an area that is not expected to get more than tropical storm rain and some wind? Hardly a reason to panic and stock up with hurricane supplies, at least for this hurricane.

Guess I have lived in Florida too long, and my tolerance for impending storms is fleeting.

Taxpayer Representation

Many of our representation clients are anxious and get frustrated when they ask, “How long will it take?” and we cannot give them an exact answer. Unfortunately, the answer is not easy, nor is it the same for all situations. For instance:

For an Offer in Compromise (OIC), in most cases, the I.R.S., pre-COVID, took about six to 8 months to decide whether to accept or reject your offer in compromise. During and post-COVID, offers may take almost 18 months to be settled. However, if you have to appeal their decision, the process can take much longer. Your offer is automatically accepted if the I.R.S. doesn’t make a determination within two years of the I.R.S. receipt date (This does not include any Appeal period).  Unfortunately, before that happens, the IRS will find a way to “return” your offer, so the clock starts all over again.

And for Audit approval, in most cases, the I.R.S. completes an audit between a few months to one year from the date it was initiated. The Internal Revenue Manual specifies that audits must be closed no more than 26 months after the date the tax return was due or the date it was filed, whichever occurs later.

When Jeff provides this information, folks get antsy. They want to get their life back, remove the I.R.S. hassle and get back to sleep at night. The only instant gratification Jeff can offer is to advise them that they no longer have to deal with the I.R.S.  and that levies or garnishments will stop.   He is your voice during IRS negotiations.

Hurricanes and Taxpayer Representation, Hurry Up and Wait!

I suppose they look at it like hurry up and wait for an IRS settlement.

Ian decimated many counties in Florida however, thankfully, Martin/St Lucie counties only felt the outer bands and tropical storm winds. Let’s be thankful we dodged the big bullet once again!

Ali “Wanting instant Gratification” Schneider
Director of Business Development

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