IRS office open May 15


LEWISTON — The Internal Revenue Service will host a special open house Saturday, May 15, to help small businesses and individuals solve tax problems.

The IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center at 217 Main St. will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nationwide, approximately 200 IRS offices, at least one in every state, will open. IRS staff will be available on site or by telephone to help taxpayers work through their problems and find solutions.

“Our goal is to resolve issues on the spot so small businesses and individuals can put any issues they have with the IRS behind them,” IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said. “If you have a problem filing or paying your taxes or resolving a tough tax issue, we encourage you to come in and work with us.”

For example, a taxpayer who cannot pay a tax balance due can discuss with an IRS professional whether an installment agreement is appropriate and, if so, fill out the paperwork then. Assistance with offers-in-compromise will also be available. Likewise, a taxpayer struggling to complete a certain IRS form or schedule can work directly with IRS staff to get the job done.

The May 15 event is the first of three scheduled through the end of June. The next two are planned for Saturday, June 5, and Saturday, June 26. Details regarding those events will be available soon.