I appreciated this.  The IRS man referenced in the previous post asked my son’s age and, when told that said son was an adult and that he had signed his own return and I was not on it as a third party preparer, told me that confidentiality laws prevent him from telling me anything about the taxpayer’s return, but I could tell him things and he could use that information to investigate a situation.  He could not legally tell me what he would do or what the tax record showed (he emphasized this several times) but he did tell me that he understood what I hoped he would do and that if he happened to do what I hoped he would do, my son would get a letter in four to six weeks and that in the mean time he need not do anything about the tax bill, although if he wanted to be safe he could send in a letter of explanation.

Author: olderwoman

I'm a sociology professor but not only a sociology professor. I keep my name out of this blog because I don't want my name associated with it in a Google search. Although I never write anything in a public forum like a blog that I'd be ashamed to have associated with my name (and you shouldn't either), it is illegal for me to use my position as a public employee to advance my religious or political views, and the pseudonym helps to preserve the distinction between my public and private identities. The pseudonym also helps to protect the people I may write about in describing public or semi-public events I've been involved with. You can read about my academic work on my academic blog --Pam Oliver

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