IRS Launches "National Settlement Month"



The Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel has embarked on its most far-reaching Settlement Days program ever, declaring the month of March 2021 as “National Settlement Month.”

This ambitious program builds upon the success achieved from last year’s many settlement day events, when Chief Counsel shifted the program to a virtual format due to the pandemic. Virtual Settlement Day (VSD) events will be conducted by every Chief Counsel office across the country and will serve taxpayers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

"Virtual Settlement Day events enable the IRS to deliver meaningful resolution options to taxpayers as the nation works through the pandemic," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Virtual options are an addition to traditional methods of communication and interaction with taxpayers that the IRS will always make available under normal circumstances."

Settlement Days events are coordinated efforts to resolve cases in the United States Tax Court by providing taxpayers who are not represented by counsel with the opportunity to receive free tax advice from Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs), American Bar Association (ABA) volunteer attorneys and other pro bono organizations.

Taxpayers can also discuss their Tax Court cases and related tax issues with members of the Office of Chief Counsel, the IRS Independent Office of Appeals and IRS Collection representatives. These communications can aid in reaching a settlement by providing taxpayers with a better understanding of what is needed to support their case.

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Source: CPA Practice Advisor

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