Archive for ‘IRS Phone Numbers’
My most requested feature is IRS phone numbers. Why I don’t know, since most of you report that no one calls you back or, if they do, they provide little useful information. There are a few exceptions. Steve Clarke, for example, has been helpful in regard to Form 990 questions. Some IRS people are downright unhelpful, but I’ll let you discover them on your own. Since Marv Friedlander retired, there has been no go-to person in EO. In fact, I think the IRS company line to EO practitioners is to not call the EO function, but instead to call the IRS tax help line at 1-800-829-1040.
I’m always open to hearing about readers’ experiences with calling the IRS. This is an area where “applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all” is a critical issue — clearly another area where the ACT Committee should make some inquiries as to what is the official policy. If the EO function does not want practitioners to call, then they should make that announcement and then apply it uniformly, with no exceptions. It’s only fair that everyone be treated the same.
There should not be a group of well-connected practitioners who get their phone calls returned. The IRS should not be discriminating among practitioners. As the EO function has become less transparent in recent years, telephone access has become even more important. Clients are willing to pay for information from those who have access. The IRS should not be creating two classes of tax practitioners — the favored few and everyone else.
For telephone and email access, there should be a uniform policy, and it should be adhered to, no exceptions. Discrimination in any form is truly repugnant to our belief in “truth, justice, and the American way of life.” Maybe the folks at IRS never watched Superman as kids. I know it was my favorite show. Continue…
Today I’m sending along the current EO Headquarters roster as of March 18, 2010, which, somewhat ironically, is either already out of date or soon to be, since EO has announced setting up another technical group under Mary Jo Salins. In any event, I’m sure the EO folks are sitting by their phones just waiting for your call, so reach out and touch someone.