A QR code is shot for “quick response” and is a type of barcode. This barcode can be scanned by using a QR scanner or a smartphone with a built in camera. Once scanned the device uses the barcode to bring up a link. Have you seen the QR code at your favorite restaurant to access a menu recently?
Now try using the same technology to go directly to IRS.gov and securely access your account, set up a payment plan or contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service. These QR codes will start appearing in 2021 on all CP14 notices. These notices are used to inform taxpayers that they owe money on unpaid taxes.
These codes will give taxpayers immediate access to the most important information for them to pay their balances, set up payment agreements, and reach out for help… We understand there’s lots of information on the web, and we want to give taxpayers more secure tools that can more easily help them resolve their tax situations”Darren Guillot, IRS Small Business/ Self-Employed Deputy Commissioner for Collection and Operations Support
This is an exciting development in technology use for the IRS. The IRS is assessing the possibility of adding other QR codes to other balance due notices in the future.
At ATS we still advise all taxpayers to provide a copy of the notice to their preparer before paying any fees.