IRS to Host Free Webinar on Delayed Notices and Penalty Relief Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Internal Revenue Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the United States continues to grapple with the aftereffects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is stepping in to offer guidance to those affected by delayed tax notices. The agency has announced a free webinar scheduled for Tuesday, January 30, at 2 p.m. ET.

The webinar is primarily aimed at tax professionals whose clients have been impacted by the pandemic-induced delay in notices. It will echo the IRS’s recent announcement that it will resume sending collection notices regarding outstanding balances this year and offer penalty relief on millions of tax returns.

One of the key topics of discussion during the webinar will be the resumption of collection notices and letters. This includes the special reminder letter, LT38 – Reminder, Notice Resumption, and changes to the typical sequence of automated notices. The IRS plans to adopt a gradual approach to dispatching these notices during the filing season.

In addition, the webinar will delve into the specifics of penalty relief for the tax years 2020 and 2021. This comes as a considerable relief to many taxpayers who faced financial hardship during the pandemic. The IRS will also share resources to help resolve tax debt, further assisting those struggling to navigate their financial responsibilities during these challenging times.

Adding an interactive element to the session, the IRS will host a live question and answer segment. This will allow tax professionals to raise any queries or concerns directly with the agency, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the upcoming changes.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to earn up to one continuing education (CE) credit in the federal tax category. Certificates of completion will be provided, making this an excellent opportunity for tax professionals to enhance their knowledge while earning credit.

To ensure accessibility, closed captioning will be available during the webinar.

The IRS’s decision to host this webinar is a significant step in addressing the complications caused by the pandemic. It not only offers tax professionals the tools to better serve their clients but also underscores the IRS’s commitment to supporting taxpayers during these unprecedented times.

In the long run, this initiative could potentially ease the financial burden faced by many, fostering a smoother transition as the nation recovers from the pandemic.

To register for the webinar, interested parties can visit the Internal Revenue Service webinar website. For any additional questions, the IRS has provided an email contact: cl.sl.web.conference.team@irs.gov.

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