September 20, 1990
Suspension of Tax Examination for
Citizens Detained in Iraq & Kuwait
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service is extending its policy of
providing administrative relief to taxpayers in hostage situations
by suspending tax examination and collection actions involving U.S.
citizens detained in Iraq and Kuwait. To implement the relief
policy IRS needs to hear from family members of hostages.
Family members of detailed citizens should call a special
toll-free number, 1-800-829-4351, as soon as possible so that IRS
international taxpayer service representatives can take steps to
suspend actions already scheduled or underway and prevent actions
from being scheduled.
IRS explained that it had no way of knowing for certain the
identity of hostages but that once alerted, it could take steps to
provide the relief.
Callers should be prepared to provide IRS the names and social
security numbers of detained citizens, along with any information
they may be aware of concerning ongoing actions with the IRS.
Examination and collection actions that can be precluded or
suspended include audits of tax returns and mailings of notices or
other actions involving the collection of overdue taxes.
IRS advises reservists called to active duty and military
personnel assigned to Operation Desert Shield, or their family
members, to use the regular federal tax assistance number,
1-800-424-1040, for information they need.
Reservists and military personnel or their family members
should promptly contact IRS in response to correspondence received
regarding an examination or past due taxes so that alternatives may
be considered, such as postponing an examination or a payment.
IRS recently issued guidance on the continuation of health
coverage provided by employers to employees called to active
military reserve duty. Employers may voluntarily maintain coverage.
Where coverage is not maintained, certain group health plans must
offer reservists, and families if covered under the plans, an
election to continue coverage at their own expense.
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