Tax Tip: IRS Asks Taxpayers Not to Call This Week, Which Might Be Good Advice Any Week
This week the IRS has ask taxpayers to try to refrain from calling for assistance because of the expected high level of calls this week. You are still welcome to call the IRS, but you can expect to be on hold for a long time, considering that even during non peak times it can take hours to speak with someone.
In general, this points out a situation many taxpayers face. Should they hire a tax attorney or try to resolve the issue on their own? Some cases may be simply a straightforward misunderstanding, which if so, it is possible the taxpayer could fix themselves if they are willing to wait on hold for an extended period and potentially have to talk with several people. However, there are several benefits to hiring an attorney to resolve the issue. First and foremost, tax attorneys are more qualified to discuss not only tax issues but are much more familiar with the administrative process and know the best ways to resolve problems. Tax professionals even have dedicated phone lines they can call to speak with the IRS, which can sometimes be much quicker and more effective. Next, the IRS is not under any obligation to tell you the best option for your situation. The IRS merely has to give you the facts and tell you the option that they prefer for you to settle. If you ask about other possibilities they will tell you the truth, but they likely will not make these suggestions and if you are not a tax professional you may not know to even ask. Lastly, you have to decide what your time is worth to you. When considering the costs of hiring an attorney you have to consider the time needed away from your work to potentially be on hold for more than a few hours and not even be guaranteed a resolution at the end of that time. As mentioned, this doesn’t mean that you will be paying an attorney to be on hold with the IRS for an entire day because in general the tax professional phone lines have much shorter hold times.
Overall, make sure you consider all the pros and cons when deciding if you need to, or want to, hire a tax attorney to call the IRS on your behalf. If you have questions about your tax situation call us at Hone Maxwell LLP today for an assessment of your situation. We strive to do what is best for the taxpayer and if your issue can be resolved without our assistance, we will be happy to tell you the steps to take, and we will still be here if you reach a dead end or want assistance. Also, you can follow us on twitter @HMLLPTax or facebook at www.facebook.com/HoneMaxwellLLP for more tax tips and the latest updates on tax news.