According to their newest press release, the IRS has opened a special telephone line for taxpayers affected by the Gulf oil spill.
Individuals who have questions about the BP payments or who are experiencing filing or payment hardships because of the oil spill should contact the IRS at 866-562-5227.
The special services phone line will operate weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.
In certain cases, the IRS can assist oil spill victims by suspending collection and examination actions. Taxpayers who need this assistance must request it. Others may decide to continue making payments because interest will continue to accrue on outstanding balances, even if some penalties are abated.
In addition to postponing collection actions, the IRS continues to have a number of other ways to help taxpayers deal with oil spill issues or other economic hardships, including:
Added flexibility for missed payments on installment agreements and offers in compromise for previously compliant individuals.
Consideration of a taxpayer’s current income and potential for future income when negotiating an offer in compromise.
Accelerated levy releases.