NCACPA Launches IRS Penalty Relief Social Media Campaign
The coronavirus pandemic and a plummeting drop in service levels at the IRS are causing hardships for accounting professionals and taxpayers across North Carolina and the nation. IRS penalties have made an already difficult experience even harder.
On September 7 and 8, NCACPA joins AICPA and several partner organizations in launching a social media campaign to encourage individuals to share their stories as we push for Congress to offer targeted relief from the underpayment of estimated tax penalty.
Please check NCACPA and AICPA social media channels for shareable content or share your own stories using the sample messages below. Please be sure to use the hashtag #COVIDPenaltyRelief and tag @NCACPA and @AICPA on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. You can also tag your members of Congress and local media outlets using the Twitter handles listed below.
Sample social media messages
The #pandemic has caused a lot of personal and economic suffering in our country. Taxpayers need relief from #tax penalties now–we ask the @IRS to grant #COVIDPenaltyRelief. @NCACPA @AICPA @[media outlet] @[member of Congress]
#Taxpayers and practitioners need penalty relief now. @AICPA & @NCACPA urge @IRS to consider these #COVIDPenaltyRelief recommendations. @[media outlet] @[member of Congress] #Tax https://www.aicpa.org/content/dam/aicpa/advocacy/tax/downloadabledocuments/56175896-additional-penalty-relief-comment-final.pdf
#Taxpayers need underpayment and late payment penalty relief for the 2020 #tax year. The @IRS should grant #penaltyrelief now. #COVIDPenaltyRelief @NCACPA @AICPA @[media outlet] @[member of Congress] https://www.aicpa.org/content/dam/aicpa/advocacy/tax/downloadabledocuments/56175896-additional-penalty-relief-comment-final.pdf
The @IRS should offer reasonable cause penalty waivers that wouldn’t affect taxpayers’ eligibility for first-time abatement in the future–this is the type of #COVIDPenaltyRelief taxpayers need now. @NCACPA @AICPA @[media outlet] @[member of Congress] #Tax https://www.aicpa.org/content/dam/aicpa/advocacy/tax/downloadabledocuments/56175896-additional-penalty-relief-comment-final.pdf
The @IRS should stop compliance actions until they are better able to resolve the issues correctly and quickly. Auto collection activities should be put on hold–no liens and levies for 90 days after May 17 deadline. #COVIDPenaltyRelief @NCACPA @AICPA @[media outlet] @[member of Congress] #Tax https://www.aicpa.org/content/dam/aicpa/advocacy/tax/downloadabledocuments/56175896-additional-penalty-relief-comment-final.pdf
The @IRS should align requests for account holds with the time it takes them to process any penalty abatement requests. This is the kind of #COVIDPenaltyRelief that #taxpayers and practitioners need now. @NCACPA @AICPA @[media outlet] @[member of Congress] #Tax https://www.aicpa.org/content/dam/aicpa/advocacy/tax/downloadabledocuments/56175896-additional-penalty-relief-comment-final.pdf
Do you need #COVIDPenaltyRelief from the @IRS for the 2020 #tax year? Many people do. Reply and share your story! @NCACPA @AICPA @[mediaoutlet] @[member of Congress]
Twitter handles for the NC members of Congress
Senator Richard Burr: @SenatorBurr
Senator Thom Tillis: @SenThomTillis
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (NC-01): @GKButterfield
Rep. Deborah Ross (NC-02): @RepDeborahRoss
Rep. Greg Murphy (NC-03): @RepGregMurphy
Rep. David Price (NC-04): @RepDavidEPrice
Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-05): @virginiafoxx
Rep. Kathy Manning (NC-06): @RepKManning
Rep. David Rouzer (NC-07): @RepDavidRouzer
Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08): @RepRichHudson
Rep. Dan Bishop (NC-09): @RepDanBishop
Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-10): @PatrickMcHenry
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (NC-11): @RepCawthorn
Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12): @RepAdams
Rep. Ted Budd (NC-13): @RepTedBudd
Twitter handles for NC news media
If you have questions about this issue or other policy matters, please contact NCACPA Director of Advocacy Robert Broome, CAE.