2011

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    Contact(s):

    Shirley Twillman
    202-434-9220
    stwillman@aicpa.org

    AICPA Asks IRS to Extend Sept. 15 Filing Deadline for Those Affected by Hurricane Irene 

    Published August 31, 2011

    The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants asked the Internal Revenue Service to extend the Sept. 15 filing deadline for business returns where the taxpayers or tax return preparers are located in areas affected by Hurricane Irene.

     

    “Many of our members are currently actively engaged in preparation of corporate, pass-through entity and trust tax returns with extended filing deadlines of September 15, 2011,” Patricia Thompson, chair of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee, said in the Aug. 30 letter.  “The provision of these services has been drastically affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.  We are hearing reports of members who have limited internet connectivity and power outages, both at their offices and at their personal residences.  Our members have experienced massive transportation disruptions and flooding of their residences and offices.  Also we have heard from members who are having difficulty communicating with their taxpayer clients who are located in the affected areas, including difficulty obtaining information necessary to prepare the return.”

     

    The AICPA asked the IRS to use its administrative authority to grant at least a two-week extension of the filing deadline for those in the affected areas. Thompson asked that any relief apply to situations where the taxpayer, tax return preparer or the records are located in areas impacted by Hurricane Irene. 

     

    For more information, please contact Shirley Twillman on the AICPA media relations team at 202.434.9220 or by email at stwillman@aicpa.org.

     

    August 30, 2011

     

    The Honorable Douglas H. Shulman              

    Commissioner                                                             

    Internal Revenue Service                                            

    1111 Constitution Avenue, NW                                  

    Washington, DC 20224                                              

     

    RE:  Impact of Hurricane Irene on Taxpayers and Preparers and Request for Relief

     

    Dear Commissioner Shulman:

     

    On behalf of our members, we respectfully request your consideration of whether the Internal Revenue Service is able to provide relief to taxpayers and tax return preparers located in areas affected by Hurricane Irene.

     

    Many of our members are currently actively engaged in preparation of corporate, pass-through entity and trust tax returns with extended filing deadlines of September 15, 2011.  The provision of these services has been drastically affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.  We are hearing reports of members who have limited internet connectivity and power outages (both at their offices and at their personal residences).  Our members have experienced massive transportation disruptions and flooding of their residences and offices.  Also we have heard from members who are having difficulty communicating with their taxpayer clients who are located in the affected areas, including difficulty obtaining information necessary to prepare the return. 

     

    We understand that the IRS has authority through administrative pronouncement via press release to grant relief for filing deadlines in circumstances such as those being experienced by our members located in affected areas.  We request that the IRS consider a minimum two week extension of the filing deadline only.  We hope that any relief considers factors such as where the taxpayer is located, where the taxpayer’s preparer is located, and where the taxpayer’s records are located.  If any of those locations falls within the areas impacted by Hurricane Irene, we request that the relief be extended to those returns.

     

    Thank you for your consideration of our request.  We are available to discuss the necessary relief at your convenience.  Please contact me at (401) 831-0200, or patt@pgco.com or Benson S. Goldstein, AICPA Senior Technical Manager, at (202) 434-9279, or bgoldstein@aicpa.org.

     

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    The AICPA is the national professional organization of certified public accountants comprised of approximately 377,000 members.  Our members advise clients on federal, state and international tax matters and prepare income and other tax returns for millions of Americans.  Our members provide services to individuals, not-for-profit organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, as well as America’s largest businesses.

     

     

    Sincerely,

     

     

     

    Patricia A. Thompson, CPA                                                                

    Chair, AICPA Tax Executive Committee   

      

                                           

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