Why are so many Americans upset with the IRS?
There are few things as heart-stoppingly awful as receiving a notice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). What could be worse than that, right?
Here’s the official IRS statement:
Earlier this month, the IRS issued notices to approximately 260,000 taxpayers stating they haven’t filed their 2019 federal tax return. These notices, referred to as CP59 notices, are issued yearly to identified taxpayers who have failed to file a tax return that was due the prior calendar year (Tax Year 2019). Due to pandemic related shutdowns, the IRS has not completed processing all 2019 returns at this time. Therefore, the CP59 notices should not have been sent because some portion of the recipients may actually have filed a return that is still being processed. People who filed their 2019 return but nevertheless received the CP59 notice, can disregard the letter and do not need to take any action. There is no need to call or respond to the CP59 notice because the IRS continues to process 2019 tax returns as quickly as possible. The IRS regrets any confusion caused by this mailing.
“We are dismayed that the IRS continues to send incorrect notices to hard-working Americans, many of whom are struggling through severe health and economic crises as a result of the pandemic. The IRS must immediately cease mailing erroneous notices that impose unnecessary and confusing burdens on taxpayers. Yesterday, we learned that the IRS sent approximately 260,000 CP59 notices to taxpayers who the IRS claimed did not file a 2019 tax return. The IRS continues to have a staggering backlog of unprocessed 2019 tax returns that, most recently, was reported to include nearly 7 million unprocessed individual tax returns. In light of these severe processing delays, it is very likely that many taxpayers receiving CP59 notices already filed the returns that the IRS claims are outstanding. For taxpayers who have dutifully complied with their filing obligations, these notices impose unnecessary stress and sow confusion. For IRS employees, these notices create unnecessary work while they struggle to meet the current demand.”
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