According to the Accounting Today publication, Rep. Richard Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, who chairs the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, is asking the Internal Revenue Service to stop sending notices for not paid taxes to taxpayers who may have been affected by the delay in mailing to the agency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many taxpayers have been receiving balance due notices from the IRS, even though they sent their tax payments to the IRS months ago, because the mail-filled trailers have not been opened since the start of the pandemic. Remember that many IRS offices have been closed and there is an accumulation of millions of unopened pieces of mail. Currently more IRS employees are returning to work to review and update received taxes, however, this does not prevent more correspondence from arriving every day.
The publication mentioned before added: "IRS officials reported that due to office closures, the IRS has accumulated a staggering amount of unopened mail, This led to the accumulation of 12 million pieces of unopened mail in its inventory,".
Problems with the IRS backlog began in late March this year, as the pandemic spread and in the middle of tax season the IRS decided to close most of its offices. Even under these circumstances and with so much uncertainty, the IRS did not suspend collections, without taking into account that many taxpayers had sent their payments by means of checks, which were or continue to accumulate in unopened envelopes.
This situation of collection notices generates a great stress for the taxpayer, adding to the one that the taxpayer already has with the change in the pace of life due to the COVID-19 pandemic, therefore, the IRS should wait to review all that accumulated correspondence and once updated, the IRS may resume sending collections.
Many taxpayers who have submitted their tax payments before the start of the pandemic claim that those payments were not collected. Among these people are those taxpayers who have sent their quarterly tax payments and who, due to pending process commitments with the IRS, would have to reflect a timely update.
The IRS recommends that, to avoid arrears in tax payments, these are made electronically with a bank account or credit card, through its internet portal.