By Tim Courtney, Chief Investment Officer
Teleconference Preview: What’s Next for the Rest of 2021?
As we embark on the second half of 2021, we will be hosting our semiannual client teleconference to break down market activity and areas of opportunity moving forward.
Please join us on Tuesday, August 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. CT. The Zoom link and dial-in information for the teleconference are outlined below.
Zoom Link: Here
Telephone Dial In:
(253) 215-8782 or (346) 248-7799 or (669) 900-6833
Webinar ID: 853 3051 9515
During the call, the investment team will share our market and economic outlook for the remainder of the year. Our equity and fixed income managers will also weigh in on the current environment and particular factors we are watching that could affect those assets moving forward.
Following the presentation, we will open the discussion to questions submitted both before and during the teleconference. Please feel free to send any questions you may have in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to speaking with you!
Please Read: IRS Delays
We are also writing to inform you of some recent issues millions of Americans and tax practitioners are facing with the IRS. The IRS computer system automatically generates tax notices, which can range from a simple “tax due” letter to menacing threats to levy your wages and accounts.
We are seeing an increasing number of incorrect tax notices claiming:
1. You did not request an extension by the return due date; therefore, the IRS is unable to grant you an extension of time to file your return.
2. You have past due 2020 taxes and must pay your balance immediately.
3. You have possibly been subject to identity theft and need to verify your identity with the IRS.
According to this blog post by the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the IRS, “As of April 10, 2021, IRS employees have answered about two percent of the roughly 70 million taxpayer calls to the IRS’s 1040 telephone line and the IRS has reported an official ‘Level of Service’ of five percent. In other words, only about one out of every 50 calls has gotten through to a telephone assistor, and the taxpayers who managed to get through have waited on hold an average of 20 minutes.”
The IRS is so backlogged that when we respond to a notice via paper mail, they cannot give us a timeframe of when it will be processed. Eight months ago, we were told it could take 30-60 days for the response to be processed. Then it was increased to 120 days. Most recently, they can no longer provide an estimated timeframe. This will likely trigger additional auto-generated notices since their computer system cannot see that a response has already been mailed in.
If you receive a tax notice from the IRS, we recommend contacting your advisor immediately and providing a copy of the tax notice. We are happy to assist in responding to the notice by calling the IRS and speaking with an agent or writing a letter on your behalf. Since the processing times are extremely slow, you may not hear anything back from the IRS for months. Unfortunately, as tax practitioners, there is nothing we can do to speed up this process.
Please feel free to contact your advisor or any member of the tax team if you have any questions or concerns.
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