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Economic Impact stimulus payments

For questions regarding the Economic Impact stimulus program or to check the status of your payment, please visit the Internal Revenue Service's website: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

If the "Get My Paymen" tool is inaccessible, you may contact the IRS Economic Impact payment hotline at 1-800-919-9835. Taxpayers who do not have access to the internet may contact my Brookfield office to work through this process over the phone. Please have a copy of your prior years tax return, as well as bank account and routing information, available before calling.

If you received a letter in the mail from IRS, known as Notice 1444, stating that your payment was sent but you did not receive it - please review your 2018 or 2019 returns to determine what address or bank account the payment may have been sent to. If you are still unable to locate the payment, please contact my Brookfield office at (262) 784-1111 or (800) 242-1119. There is a variety of reasons for why your payment may not have been delivered to you, and my staff would be happy to assist you in reviewing the matter. Please note, I will require a completed 8821 Authorization Form from each taxpayer to whom the Notice 1444 was sent (or a copy of the death certificate if one spouse is no longer living).

Low-income Americans and others who aren’t required to file tax returns can register for an Economic Impact Payment by Oct. 15, using the Non-Filers tool, available on IRS.gov. The Non-Filers tool is designed for people with incomes typically below $24,400 for married couples, and $12,200 for singles. People with qualifying children under 17 can get up to an additional $500 for each child. Anyone who already filed either a 2018 or 2019 return does not qualify to use this tool.

Update on IRS operations

For the latest on the resumption of IRS operations, please visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-operations-during-covid-19-mission-critical-functions-continue. To request in-person assistance at your local Taxpayer Assistance Center, please contact 844-545-5640.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IRS suspended the processing of paper tax returns in mid-March. While the Fresno Service Center, where most Wisconsin residents file their tax returns, has since resumed operations, staff are working to process those returns and taxpayers can expect refunds to be delayed. For the most up to date information on the status of your return and refund, please visit IRS.gov. However, if you are unable to access the "Where's My Refund?" tool at IRS.gov or would like assistane in responding to a notice you received from IRS, please contact my Brookfield office.

Assistance from Congressman Sensenbrenner with the IRS

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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