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Tax Resolution Times


June 17, 2020

Protecting YOUR Income and Assets since 1991

Patrick T. Sheehan, Esq.
Former IRS Attorney
President of IRS Trouble Solvers 
®

In this issue 
Win of the Week!
IRS Slowly Re-Opens...
...But These Services are not yet open
She Left Employer In The Cold
Thank You for Your Kind Words
The IRS Returns, but this Taxpayer Taketh


She Left Her Employer Out in the Cold

Kerry Snow-Yeager pled guilty to tax evasion, wire fraud and identity theft after embezzling $316,231.00 from her employer. Snow Yeager’s deceit began in 2015 and ended in 2017 when the owner of the company discovered the fraud.
 
Snow-Yeager stole the money through unauthorized ATM withdrawals, unauthorized use of a company debit card and cashing and depositing checks written on the company’s account with a forged signature of the owner. Snow-Yeager failed to pay taxes on the embezzled money for 2015, 2016 and 2017. After a relative paid $100,000.00 of her debt, Snow-Yeager was ordered to pay $216,231.00 in restitution and $26,509.00 to the IRS.  She was sentenced to 25 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Win of the Week!

Our client came to us owing $180,000.00 in penalties and interest on personal back taxes to the IRS. Our first request to abate the penalties and interest was rejected and the client was in despair. He wanted to give up, pay the full amount to the IRS and be done with it. But after consulting with IRS Trouble Solvers, the client took our advice to appeal the rejection. Last week IRS Trouble Solvers was able to provide him with great news -- our firm successfully won the Appeal, and saved him $150,000.00!

Have an IRS problem you want to go away? Call IRS Trouble Solvers today at 877 4 IRS LAW to find out how we can help you!

 

IRS is Slowly Re-Opening - in Phases.

These recent openings include centers in Kentucky, Texas and Utah with additional sites scheduled to open this month.  Service centers included in the phased opening  are key processing centers, notice print facilities, and call center operations. Below outlines a few of the changes that have been made to IRS services due to Covid-19.

Telephone Lines -  Automated phone lines are available now. But if you want to talk to a real person, including the EIP phone line for those who received an EIP letter (Notice 1444), you should expect to wait. If you're looking for an update for your regular tax refund, you can call the automated number at 1-800-829-1954. And before you dial, please note that this line has no information about the status of your stimulus checks (Economic Impact Payments).

Web services - IRS.gov remains open.  Here are some of the services available:
  • Taxpayers can access "Where's My Refund?"
  • Taxpayers can check the status of their Economic Impact Payment at Get My Payment and check their refund status at Where's My Refund?  
  • Taxpayers can also make tax payments through Direct Pay.
  • Taxpayers who previously have been issued an Identity Protection PIN but lost it must use the Get an IP PIN tool to retrieve their PIN. 
Taxpayer Protection Program -  If you received correspondence (Letters 5071C, 5447C, or 5747C) from the IRS asking if you filed a suspicious tax return, you can use the online Identity Verification Service to validate your identity. If you received a Letter 4883C, follow its instructions. Please be aware that while online services are available, phone assistance is limited.

The IRS Returns, But This Tax Preparer Taketh

 
Michigan tax preparer Mark Alan Patterson has been charged with wire fraud. Patterson worked for Shuster Tax Service as a tax return preparer from 2015 until February 2020, when the fraud was discovered.
 
He is accused of stealing a portion of his clients’ tax refunds by directing portions of refunds into accounts that he controlled. Patterson hid his crime by giving his clients unfiled versions of returns that showed they were owed a smaller refund amount than what they were actually due.
 
Jennifer Shuster Semer, the owner of Shuster Tax service, discovered the fraud and alerted law enforcement. In a review of returns filed by Patterson, Shuster discovered approximately 120 client tax returns dating back to 2015 that had refunds electronically diverted into accounts controlled by Patterson. Semer calculated an approximate loss to her clients of over $400,000.00.
 
Patterson faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

While Others Are Open, These Services Are Not!


Services by mail: The "Get Transcript by Mail" is not operational since the offices that print and mail the transcripts are closed.

Most other mail processes: The IRS is receiving and storing mail, but they're not really opening and processing mail.

Most phone lines: As mentioned earlier, some specific phone lines have resumed service, but most have not.

U.S. Residency Certification: The Philadelphia Accounts Management Campus is closed, so the U.S. Residency Certification Program's processing is temporarily suspended. 

Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) Toll-Free Number and Walk-in ServicesThe centralized toll-free number is unavailable until further notice. Additionally, there are no walk-in services.

Paper Tax Returns: All taxpayers should file electronically through their tax preparer, tax software provider, or IRS Free File if possible. The IRS is not currently able to process individual paper tax returns. If you have already filed via paper, do not file a second tax return or write to the IRS to inquire about the status of your return or your stimulus check

Thank you for the kind words!

"I would like to warmly thank the team at IRS Trouble Solvers!  They have always been very attentive and present when I had questions and issues that I didn't quite understand. I am a Swiss citizen and dealing with US tax issues is complicated when you are a total foreigner. IRS Trouble Solvers dealt with my case in an utmost professional and friendly manner and my case was settled rapidly and with EXCELLENT results! 

Thank you, again, to the entire team and I definitely recommend  your team to anybody that needs good, fast advice and help with the US Tax Department!"

Call us today at 877 4 IRS LAW to see how we can help you!


Read about IRS cases I’ve solved on my website: www.IRSTroubleSolvers.com

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