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The IRS has agreed to continue faxing tax transcripts beyond its original moratorium date of February 4, 2019, as suggested recently to IRS Commissioner Rettig by NAEA President Jean Nelsen on January 25. A new deadline has not been announced yet. We are assured the IRS will provide advance notice of any new timelines. This announcement comes on the heels of another letter to IRS Commissioner Rettig on this issue by Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Wyden.

We are pleased the IRS has listened to the practitioner community and continues to engage with NAEA to address other issues with the new policy on faxing tax transcripts. The recent government shutdown created a great deal of uncertainty for taxpayers and practitioners. We applaud the IRS’s decision to slow down and take the time to ensure the new transcript policy secures taxpayer information as well as taxpayers’ rights to representation. The delay will allow us to work cooperatively to address outstanding issues and for the IRS to properly train its personnel, many of whom have only returned to work this week.

To learn more about this issue, be sure to tune in to Bill Nemeth, EA, for his E-services Update webinar on February 19.


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