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Taxpayer Advocate Service Offers Impact Payment Assistance

TAS has published a table which highlights their understanding of actions you can take if you’ve had difficulty with your Economic Impact Payment

Published on August 11, 2020

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The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), the body which represents US Taxpayers, has published information which could be useful if you've had certain problems with your Economic Impact Payments (EIP). EIPs were issued as part of the CARES Act, which was passed by Congress in late March to support US Taxpayers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Although EIPs have caused a number of specific problems for overseas Americans, including limitations on methods to cash a USD check outside of America, the TAS information is aimed at more general problems US taxpayers may be experiencing.

In some circumstances, TAS are able to offer assistance themselves. For example, TAS can specifically assist taxpayers with the following issues:

• The EIP Did Not Include the Qualifying Child Portion;
• The taxpayer is an Injured Spouse with a Form 8379 on file associated with the return used to calculate the EIP, or the taxpayer can fax or mail a completed Form 8379 and had his or her portion of the EIP payment applied to Child Support Obligations;
•The taxpayer returned the EIP payment issued based on a joint return with a deceased or incarcerated spouse (or the payment was stopped) and the taxpayer is eligible to receive his or her portion of the EIP;
• The taxpayer's EIP was based on a 2018 or 2019 tax return where the IRS identified a Math Error, the Math Error impacted the amount of the EIP, and the Math Error has been or can be resolved;
• The taxpayer was the victim of identity theft and either did not receive an EIP or received an incorrect amount.

TAS have usefully highlighted other problems which, though they aren't able to help with at this time directly, they do explain the required actions the taxpayer should face. Often, the action required will be to "reconcile the differences on" your "2020 tax return and receive the additional amount in 2021."

To view the full post and information published by TAS, go to taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/news. If you're having additional problems which aren't addressed here, do feel free to contact us via editor@theamerican.co.uk and we'll do our best to help.

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