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August 2005 Newsletter: Keeping IRS Centers Open

Location: Washington DC

August 2005


Keeping IRS Centers Open

Across the country, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) have provided tax-related help to 7.7 million people, including those for whom the face-to-face assistance is particularly important.

IRS representatives in these offices can help with inquiries or adjustments to tax accounts, payment plans for those who owe money and cannot pay the full amount, questions about IRS letters and notices, and levies on wages or bank accounts. For most people, the local TAC is the face of the IRS.

Despite continued success, the IRS proposed closing 68 TAC's nationwide including the El Centro location.

Fortunately, by working with a coalition of House colleagues, both Republicans and Democrats, I was able to get over 30 Members of Congress to join me and protest the TAC closures.
I am pleased to report that the IRS has come out recently and stated that they no longer plan to close the TACs. However, if we want to ensure the future viability of the TACs, we have to keep up the fight and let those in Washington know how important and indispensable TACs are to our community.



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