• Keith Fulfer

If you received a payment due notice and you mailed your check already.....

The Internal Revenue Service recently began sending payment due notices. Many taxpayers had already mailed their payment in, and the IRS acknowledges, is probably sitting in the more than 10 million pieces of unopened mail. In some cases the checks had already been deposited and cleared by the Service.

This time the IRS admits it is their problem. Here is what the agency says:

Pending Check Payments and Payment Notices: If a taxpayer mailed a check (either with or without a tax return), it may still be unopened in the backlog of mail the IRS is processing due to COVID-19. Any payments will be posted as the date we received them rather than the date the agency processed them. To avoid penalties and interest, taxpayers should not cancel their checks and should ensure funds continue to be available so the IRS can process them.

To provide fair and equitable treatment, the IRS is providing relief from bad check penalties for dishonored checks the agency received between March 1 and July 15 due to delays in this IRS processing. However, interest and penalties may still apply


Due to high call volumes, the IRS suggests waiting to contact the agency about any unprocessed paper payments still pending. See www.irs.gov/payments for options to make payments other than by mail.

Note that the IRS says to not contact the agency at this time. If you mailed your payment, then it will eventually get caught up. Calling the IRS simply extends the backlog.If your payment has cleared the bank, and the IRS insists that you did not make the payment, then have your documentation ready to send to them. Have a copy of the cleared check and a copy of the certified mail delivery handy.

As always, give us a call if you need any assistance.

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