The IRS is proud to advertise their tax assistance centers. There are over 400 all around the USA, all ready to assist taxapayers with their difficult questions. The catch is that more than a third of taxpayers will have to travel an hour and a half or more to get to one.
Here are some examples from USA today:
• The six New England states make up an area that's one-fourth the size of Texas with 10 million fewer people, but New England has seven more assistance centers than Texas.
• Michigan has six centers that serve 10 million people in an area that's twice the overall geographic size of West Virginia. West Virginia has seven centers that cover 1.8 million people.
• Florida has nearly 50% more residents and is nearly 25% larger than Pennsylvania, but has only 18 centers vs. 21 in Pennsylvania.
It's good that the IRS is taking extra steps to help taxpayers in need, but its still not enough.Who knows what's longer, the IRS phone wait times, or the amount of time it takes to get to a service center.
Something needs to be done to make it easier for taxpayers to get one-on-one help with the IRS when needed. Until then, you can always e-mail me if you need help with anything. I'll get you the help you need.