Have you been receiving confusing and erroneous letters from the IRS? You’re not alone, according to a recent report from the Tax Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The report looked at how well the IRS dealt with the challenges of the pandemic and its People First Initiative. TIGTA found that in the spring and early summer of 2020, the IRS sent out nearly 90,000 premature tax collection notices for taxes that were not actually yet due because of the COVID-19 extension for filing and payment to July 15, 2020. These notices were sent out erroneously because the IRS had not updated its usual process of mailing out collection notices for tax returns not received by April 15 of each year. While the IRS did include explanatory inserts in the envelopes notifying taxpayers that the notice may not have been correct, the incorrect notices caused confusion for many taxpayers and their advisors.

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