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is there any way to contact the IRS these days?
Posted by: gadje
Date: August 10, 2022 04:01PM
filed my 2020 taxes. because of a very tricky tax situation (limited partnership, unclear accounting form) I was not able to file by May 2021 when it was the deadline that year so I made a payment X to avoid any penalty. Then I filed my taxes in October 2021 and the refund was supposed to be more than X (in other words, that X payment was not necessary. Oh well.

My tax return showed a refund let's call it X + Y.

In Jan 2022 they refunded Y and then there is nothing about X.

I filed my 2021 taxes and I received the refund as expected (a new Y).

But there is no refund for that extra payment. if I log in to my account, I can see a negative balance (it shows as a credit). I want that money back.

I cannot get a hold of them on the phone.

CPA says just wait.

What to do? that X is a significant amount. I also want interest!
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Re: is there any way to contact the IRS these days?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 10, 2022 04:04PM
I think I'd aim to underpay next year.

Sounds to me like you need to find someone who's been successful in these situations. You'll probably need to cast a wide net. I'd post over here - bogleheads.org



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Re: is there any way to contact the IRS these days?
Posted by: chopper
Date: August 10, 2022 04:48PM
Do not underpay. For the love of God do not underpay. Wait for them to catch up with you. Sooner or later they will. Send letters. Stay current. Wait it out.
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Re: is there any way to contact the IRS these days?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: August 10, 2022 05:07PM
Be ready to dial at precisely 7AM Eastern on a weekday. That's the only way you'll ever get through. I would start with the "make an appointment to go to a local office," at (844) 545-5640 that's a lot easier to get through than the main "1040" number (and they'll try to fix your problem on the phone if they can).



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Re: is there any way to contact the IRS these days?
Posted by: gadje
Date: August 10, 2022 05:10PM
I tried 7 AM, believe me
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Re: is there any way to contact the IRS these days?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: August 10, 2022 05:40PM
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gadje
I tried 7 AM, believe me

Try the appointment number. It's the only one I've ever gotten through on, and they were genuinely helpful (although they couldn't fix the problem--which was the IRS's fault). The advice they will give you is the same as everywhere else: write a letter and pray.
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Re: is there any way to contact the IRS these days?
Posted by: gadje
Date: August 10, 2022 06:38PM
I found a way to communicate (not talk) to someone there and they issued a refund already.
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Re: is there any way to contact the IRS these days?
Posted by: rgG
Date: August 10, 2022 06:58PM
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gadje
I found a way to communicate (not talk) to someone there and they issued a refund already.

Wow. That’s amazing.
Care to share how you got in touch with them?





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: is there any way to contact the IRS these days?
Posted by: blooz
Date: August 10, 2022 09:28PM
Don't pay your tax. They will contact you!



And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
—Friedrich Nietzsche
Western Massachusetts
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Re: is there any way to contact the IRS these days?
Posted by: bfd
Date: August 10, 2022 11:22PM
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blooz
Don't pay your tax. They will contact you!

FTW
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Re: is there any way to contact the IRS these days?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: August 11, 2022 06:17AM
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rgG
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gadje
I found a way to communicate (not talk) to someone there and they issued a refund already.

Wow. That’s amazing.
Care to share how you got in touch with them?

Yeah, enquiring minds want to know. They mis-applied my last two 2021 quarterly payments to 2020, and I'm still trying to straighten it out.
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