During Tax Season, Spanberger Hosts Virtual Discussion with IRS Representative, Shares FAQs from Central Virginians

The IRS Recently Extended the Federal Tax Filing Deadline to May 17, 2021

HENRICO, V.A. —U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today shared frequently asked tax questions from Seventh District constituents with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

During a discussion with Kevin McKeon, Chief of the IRS District Congressional Liaison Branch, Spanberger asked questions from Central Virginians related to IRS refunds, the 2020 federal tax filing season, and backlogged returns. Additionally, she shared tax concerns from Seventh District residents about economic impact payments — also known as “stimulus checks” — and unemployment benefits.

You can watch a recording of today’s event here.

“Today’s question-and-answer session was an opportunity for Seventh District residents to hear directly from the IRS about issues pertaining to the current tax filing season. I hope that this event proved helpful and timely for Central Virginia families and businesses that have experienced financial challenges or have questions about their 2020 filings,” said Spanberger. “As a reminder, my office is here to provide support and resources for those in our community dealing with the IRS, particularly as there remains confusion surrounding this year’s tax season. I’d like to thank Kevin for his time and insight during today’s event, and I hope Central Virginians will reach out to my office if they have issues with the IRS moving forward.”

The IRS recently extended the federal tax filing deadline to May 17, 2021. Click here to access FAQs from the IRS about COVID-19-related tax relief, recent changes, and stimulus checks.

BACKGROUND

Today’s discussion builds on Spanberger’s work to bring clarity and relief to Central Virginians facing difficulties with their 2020 tax returns, stimulus checks, and the IRS system during the COVID-19 crisis. Earlier this month, she called on the IRS to extend the 2020 federal tax filing deadline amid the ongoing pandemic.

In May 2020, Spanberger led a successful, multi-Member effort pushing the IRS to address its deficient customer service resources, especially as her office continued to receive calls and emails from Central Virginians describing unhelpful interactions with the IRS. Soon after her push, the IRS announced the addition of 3,500 telephone representatives to answer questions about the status of Americans’ stimulus checks.

And in June 2020, Spanberger led a bipartisan effort calling on the IRS to swiftly address its growing backlog of 2019 tax returns, which delayed tax return payments. Spanberger has also pressed the IRS to provide accurate and up-to-date information about the status of taxpayers’ stimulus checks and refunds.

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