IRS slows down on in-person audits

July 29, 2020

The IRS will continue to rely on remote contact between its employees and taxpayers for the vast majority of its cases, states a new memo recently sent to field collection employees.

Only exceptional cases will require face-to-face-meetings and field activities, the memo continues, to make the auditing process easier during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IRS memo also instructs revenue officers to use gentler procedures when reaching out to individuals about tax debts, taking their stress and fatigue into consideration.

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