Rep. Houlahan Urges IRS to Reopen Reading Taxpayer Assistance Center

Representative Chrissy Houlahan

READING, PARepresentative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) has called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reopen its Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) in Reading, following a sudden announcement of its extended closure. Houlahan sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel requesting a meeting to discuss the unexpected shutdown and to push for the office’s swift re-opening.

“I want to emphasize the importance of the Reading TAC to my community,” Houlahan stated in her letter. “Through this office, my constituents can access IRS tax services in person including basic tax law assistance, account inquiries, document review, obtaining forms, arranging payments, identity protection requests, and more.”

Houlahan highlighted the critical need for in-person services, especially for disadvantaged, older, or disabled residents who can’t easily use online or phone services. In Reading, where nearly 20% of residents have a disability and almost 30% live in poverty, the closure poses a significant challenge. The absence of the local TAC means residents must travel nearly 30 miles to the nearest center, a distance many cannot manage.

Houlahan assured constituents that she is dedicated to resolving the issue promptly. “I stand ready to work with you to get the Reading TAC re-opened as soon as possible. In the meantime, my offices remain prepared to accept and process IRS casework, including in-person at my Reading and West Chester district offices, to help families in Berks and Chester Counties get the assistance they need.”

The closure of the Reading TAC not only disrupts access to essential tax services but also adds strain to families already facing economic and logistical challenges. Houlahan’s proactive stance aims to alleviate these difficulties and ensure that residents receive the support they require.

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