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Economic Impact stimulus payments

Updated May 14th - For information regarding the Economic Impact stimulus benefits, please visit the Internal Revenue Service's website: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

These benefits are automatic for most taxpayers and in all cases, the program will not run out of money. No further action is needed by taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019 or anyone who receives benefits from the Social Security Administration or the Railroad Retirement Board. SSI recipients who did not file 2018 or 2019 taxes and did not report their dependants to the IRS by May 5th will need to wait to claim them when they file their 2020 tax return.   

While payments were made in mid-April for those who have received direct deposit refunds from either 2018 or 2019 tax returns and in early May for non-filers receiving Social Security benefits, the IRS is now mailing out stimulus checks for all other recipients. 

All recipients will receive a notice from the IRS approximately 2 weeks after their payment was sent confirming the amount of the benefit and how it was delivered.  If you receive a notice confirming that your payment was sent, but you did not receive it, please contact your tax preparer and review your income tax return (Form 1040).  While there is not a way to look into a payment dispute at this time, the IRS will be providing a way to look into these matters once all payments have been distributed.

Individuals encounter problems with the online tools at IRS.gov should consult this FAQ for the best availale information.

Please note, the Internal Revenue Service has closed all Taxpayer Assistance Centers and many Service Centers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The IRS has also delayed the federal tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15. For additional details on these and future announcements, please visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

Need Help With the IRS?

Update on IRS operations

To protect the public and employees, and in compliance with orders of local health authorities around the country, certain IRS services such as live assistance on telephones, processing paper tax returns and responding to correspondence are extremely limited or suspended until further notice. While the IRS is receiving and storing mail, the IRS is not currently able to process individual paper tax returns. If you already have filed via paper but it has not yet been processed, please do not file a second tax return.

Please note, the Internal Revenue Service has closed all Taxpayer Assistance Centers and many Service Centers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The IRS has also delayed the federal tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15. For additional details on these and future announcements, please visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

I am often asked by constituents to assist in dealing with the Internal Revenue Service. Whether the request is to simply obtain more information about a tax filing, to find out what to do if you suspect you are the victem of identity theft or check on the status of a pending tax refund, I am happy to offer my assistance. Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic, many IRS tax return processing, examinations, appeals and customer assistance services are limited or have been suspended.  With this in mind, I may be limited in my ability to assist you until normal IRS operations resume. 

Regardless, if you need assistance in dealing with the Internal Revenue Service, please complete the 8821 Authorization Form. Please note, that if the tax return in question was filed jointly, I must receive a seperate authorization form from each filer. For assistance in completing this form, please review its instructions or contact my Brookfield office at (262) 784-1111 or (800) 242-1119. 

Where can I get IRS forms?

In recent years, the IRS has reduced the availability of tax forms that were previously sent to local libraries and post offices, as filers increasingly rely on software and professional tax services. In light of the difficulties that this can cause for those wishing to file a paper tax return, I request copies of the most common tax forms and instructions from the IRS. Should you wish to request tax forms from my office or if you have encountered difficulties with the IRS, please call my Brookfield office at 262-784-1111 or 800-242-1119.

Please note, while I only receive a limited quantity of tax forms and instructions from the IRS, all forms are available online at IRS.gov or by calling 1-800-829-3676. 

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Who can I talk to about problems like liens, back taxes, penalties, etc.?

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS that offers assistance to the public with the often-confusing process of resolving tax problems. Their 24-Hour Toll-Free Hotline is: 1-877-777-4778.

To schedule an in-person appointment at the Taxpayer Advocate Service office in Milwaukee or Madison, please click here.

For more information about the Taxpayer Advocate Service click here

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