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IRS event to assist small businesses, taxpayers

By Johnny Jackson

jjackson@henryherald.com

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plans to offer assistance to small businesses and individuals who have tax issues they need solved.

"Our goal is to resolve issues on the spot, so small businesses and individuals can put any issues they have with the IRS behind them," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. "If you have a problem filing or paying your taxes, or resolving a tough tax issue, we encourage you to come in and work with us."

IRS offices in Georgia will be open on Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m., until 2 p.m., to help Georgia businesses and residents work through their tax problems.

IRS Spokesman Mark Green said the office locations will be equipped to handle issues involving notices and payments, return preparation, audits, and a variety of other issues.

Green said that, at a previous IRS Open House on March 27, roughly two-thirds of taxpayers requested and received assistance with payments and notices.

A taxpayer, who cannot pay a tax balance due, can discuss with an IRS professional whether an installment agreement is appropriate, and fill out the paperwork needed for that, he said. Assistance with offers-in-compromise will also be available.

"Likewise, a taxpayer struggling to complete a certain IRS form or schedule can work directly with IRS staff to get the job done," Green added. "At the March 27 Open House, 88 percent of the taxpayers who came in for help had their issues resolved the same day."

Green said IRS offices are not typically open on Saturdays, "but we are making extra service available in these locations to assist taxpayers during these difficult times."

Taxpayers in need of assistance should mark their calendars and consider attending the May 15 Open House, at a nearby location. Metro Atlanta locations include the Summit Office, at 401 W. Peachtree St., in Atlanta; the Kroger Office, 2888 Woodcock Blvd., in Atlanta; and the Smyrna Office, 1899 Powers Ferry Road in Atlanta.

The Open House will be the first of three scheduled through June. Two other Open House events are scheduled for June 5 and June 26. To learn more, visit www.IRS.gov.