NEW IRS FAX GUIDELINES EASE BURDEN ON TAXPAYERS


J

John H. Fisher

IR-2003-119, Oct. 9, 2003

NEW IRS FAX GUIDELINES EASE BURDEN ON TAXPAYERS

WASHINGTON =E2=80=94 The Internal Revenue Service today announced new fac=
simile
guidelines that will make it easier for taxpayers and tax professional to
correspond with the agency. The new guidelines will expand the list of
documents and information the IRS will accept via fax.

The expanded guidelines stem from recommendations from tax professional
organizations. The changes are aimed at reducing the burden on taxpayers
and practitioners and shortening the time it takes to resolve tax
inquiries and cases. The new guidelines became effective Oct. 1, 2003.
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These guidelines will save time and effort. The changes will mean
taxpayers can resolve issues before the IRS more quickly. The IRS also
thanks the National Society of Accountants and other tax professional
groups who brought this issue forward. The agency is committed to
considering any good idea that will ease the burden on taxpayers.

The new fax guidelines apply only to taxpayers and their representatives
who are engaged in an on-going contact with the IRS, such as an
examination or resolving questions about tax returns that are being
processed. The fax can only take place after a discussion with the IRS
employee who is requesting the information.

These general guidelines are applicable to all divisions and cover
operations related to income tax, employment tax, excise tax, estate tax,
gift tax, and generation skipping tax, as well as tax exempt and employee
plans determinations. While the IRS has previously accepted forms via fax
in limited situations (such as 1120-S elections and Powers-of-Attorney)
the new guidelines permit an expanded number of forms and other types of
documentation to be submitted by fax in the course of many return related
inquiries.

The new guidelines are available on IRS.gov under =E2=80=9CTax Profession=
al.=E2=80=9D=20

"Jack" - John H. Fisher - (e-mail address removed)
Philadelphia, Pa - Atlantic City, NJ - West Wildwood, NJ
My Newsgroups & Boards at: http://members.aol.com/TaxService/index.html

Where Ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise!=3D:)
 
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