Each year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is just one example of how TAS is helping solve taxpayer problems. All personal data is deleted to protect the taxpayer’s privacy.
A couple with a large balance due contacted TAS for help. The IRS had adjusted his federal tax liability due to an unreported real estate transaction. Due to the amount of federal tax payable, taxpayers were subject to passport certification. In certain circumstances, the IRS certifies to the Department of State that a taxpayer owes federal tax, which means the taxpayer cannot obtain or renew a passport through the Department of State. Therefore, this certification limited their ability to travel internationally. The taxpayers filed an amended return showing that they had indeed lost money on the real estate sale and should be reimbursed. However, the IRS had not processed the amended return.
The attorney of record located the amended return and supporting documentation and requested that the IRS expedite its review of the amended return. The IRS accepted the amended return and the taxpayers received a refund with interest. With the large balance owed having been resolved, the hold on taxpayers’ passports has been removed, allowing them to travel abroad again.
When you work with the Taxpayer Advocate Service, each individual or business taxpayer is assigned an advocate who listens to the issue and helps the taxpayer understand what needs to be done to resolve their tax issue. TAS Advocates will do everything they can to help taxpayers and work with them every step of the way. We occasionally feature stories of taxpayers and advocates working together to resolve complex tax issues. Read more TAS success stories.
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