Salt Lake City, Utah – I recently attended a Zoom Meeting with the past chair of the American Bar Association Tax Section’s Subcommittee for the Small Business/Self-Employed Division who had a one-on-one meeting with the IRS Commissioner of the Small Business/Self-Employed Division.  The meeting was with Commissioner Amalia Colbert and Deputy Commissioner Darren Guillot.  At that meeting Commissioner Colbert and Deputy Commissioner Guillot provided an updated on the status of IRS Enforcement and when a deluge of enforcement notices will begin again since being paused during the pandemic.

This is what we were told:

  1. The backlog of mail is now caught up;
  2. The CP-14 Notices (Balance Due Notices) that were paused will be going out at the end of May to roughly 8 million taxpayers;
  3. The taxpayers who owed balances before the pandemic who had not been contacted during the pandemic and are due for enforcement action will first receive a refresh notice to remind them of the balance due in the hopes that they and/or their representative will contact the IRS and deal with the IRS before levy action is taken; and
  4. After the refresh notices, enforcement notices will be sent out in waves to taxpayers to avoid overwhelming the Collection Phone Lines, the Office of Appeals, and the Taxpayer Advocate, all of which will see their phone lines light-up when taxpayers start scrambling when they open their mail. (Wait times will in all likelihood be more than one hour).

Over the last few months, I have been discussing what tax practitioners refer to as the tidal wave of IRS rep work that will start.  This uptick in tax rep work will pick up again around Memorial Day.  So, what does this mean for taxpayers who have tax problems, if you have IRS tax issues, please contact our office.  With IRS enforcement restarting or if you have missing returns or back balances due, it is always better to be proactively in working with the IRS before you are under a threat of levy.

Tax problems are legal problems, and we solve both.  If you or someone you know has an issue with paying their federal or state taxes and needs help to end their IRS nightmare, please contact Kent Brown at Strong & Hanni by either phone at (801) 532-7080 or email at: or go to my personal Strong & Hanni webpage at: