– Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today joined all six members of the Iowa
congressional delegation in a letter
requesting additional staffing for the Iowa Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS)
a letter to the head of the National Taxpayer Advocate office, the lawmakers
highlight concerns that the Iowa TAS office does not have enough staff to
assist Iowans with questions and concerns regarding the Internal Revenue
“Due to the disruptions and complicated situations
faced by Iowans during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all of our offices are
anticipating a significant increase in constituent requests for assistance with
resolving tax issues,”
the lawmakers wrote. “Our constituents are already dealing with
new unfamiliar situations like unemployment and the Recovery Rebate Credit with
reduced ability to get in person help… the ability of our offices to resolve
these concerns quickly and effectively depends on an efficient Iowa TAS office,
which is under-resourced at a critical time.”
only Local Taxpayer Advocate office, located in Des Moines, serves the entire state
to resolve problems with the IRS, including lack of communication from the IRS
or financial difficulties.
members ask that additional staffing be expedited for the Des Moines TAS
office, or that Iowans be allowed to work with available staff at other TAS
offices to alleviate caseloads.
“We are asking for immediate proactive measures to
be taken to mitigate the disruption in casework, such as the temporary transfer
of experienced TAS caseworkers to the Des Moines office or the ability for Iowa
Congressional offices or their constituents to work with other TAS offices,” the lawmakers concluded.
state has at least one Local Taxpayer Advocate who is independent of the local
IRS office and reports directly to the National Taxpayer Advocate.
The National Taxpayer Advocate assists all types of taxpayers,
including individuals, businesses, and tax exempt entities, to resolve specific
problems taxpayers are experiencing with the IRS. This office can help
alleviate taxpayers’ problems and identify potential legislative changes to
prevent these problems from occurring again.
text of the letter can be found HERE