IRS Announces Temporary Suspension of Help Desks
In an email to the PICPA, IRS Senior Stakeholder Rich Furlong announced the following.
Due to staff limitations, the PPS line, the e-Services Help Desk line and the e-Services, FIRE and AIR system help desks are closed until further notice. Please make www.IRS.gov your first option for answers.
The IRS is temporarily suspending acceptance of new Income Verification Express Services (IVES) requests and are experiencing delays with existing IVES processing as well as CAF number authorizations.Practitioners with e-Services accounts and with client authorization can access the Transcript Delivery System to obtain prior-year transcripts.Taxpayers should use Where’s My Refund?and Get Transcript.
The IRS is currently unable to answer any questions on stimulus payments.
Normal operations will resume as soon as possible. Please check www.IRS.gov for updates and Coronavirus Tax Relief webpage for announcements, FAQs, and technical guidance.
Pa. Department of Revenue (DOR) Extends PIT Filing Deadline, Provides Updates on Responding to Notices, AST Prepayments
The DOR announced on March 21, 2020, that it has extended the filing deadline for Pennsylvania personal income tax returns to July 15, 2020. The DOR will also waive penalties and interest on personal income tax payments made through the new deadline.
The DOR, in a message to PICPA, said it continues to process electronically filed tax returns and payments. If you received a notice or assessment that requires a response by a specific date, please know that the deadline to respond has been suspended temporarily. That temporary suspension will be lifted once DOR’s offices have reopened.
The DOR announced that it is waiving penalties for businesses that are required to make accelerated sales tax (AST) prepayments by Friday, March 20, 2020. The DOR also indicated, "additionally, for April sales tax payments, the department is waiving the AST prepayment requirement and asking businesses to simply remit the sales tax that they have collected in March."
For more information, check out the DOR's alert page