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Ways You Can Give to Make a Difference

Planned Giving

About Bequests

You may be looking for a way to make a significant gift to help further our mission. A bequest is a gift made through your will or trust. It is one of the most popular and flexible ways that you can support our cause.

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IRA Charitable Rollover

An IRA rollover allows people age 70 1/2 and older to reduce their taxable income by making a gift directly from their IRA.

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Beneficiary Designations

A beneficiary designation gift is a simple and affordable way to make a gift to support our cause. You can designate our organization as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment or bank account or your life insurance policy.

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Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity is a great way you can make a gift to our organization and benefit. You transfer your cash or property to our organization and we promise to make fixed payments to you for life at a rate based on your age.

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Donor Stories

Learn how others have made an impact through their acts of giving to our organization and others. Explore the many benefits of charitable gift planning.

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Gift Options

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Find out What to Give and learn about the best assets to make a planned gift. Learn about gifts of cash, securities and property. Learn How to Give and discover gift options that provide tax and income benefits. Discover the best planned gift to meet your goals.

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Monday July 6, 2020

Washington News

Washington Hotline

IRS Faces Challenges in Reopening Offices

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig acknowledged the challenges that the IRS is experiencing in attempting to reopen offices nationwide. Rettig commented, “We continue to gradually reopen our operations across the country. As of Monday, thousands of employees have returned to facilities in seven states, and four more states and Puerto Rico will reopen on June 29. The IRS continues to focus on nonportable work and will reopen facilities in remaining states on July 13."

The IRS continues to maximize telework for employees who can perform duties at home. The IRS offices that are open will implement new protections for employees through social distancing. IRS staff continues to develop new strategies and procedures to protect employees.
  • Self-Screening – All employees are expected to self-screen. If an IRS employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, is required to self-quarantine or has been in close contact with a person who has a confirmed case of coronavirus within the last two weeks, that employee should not report for work.
  • High-Risk Populations – If an IRS employee is in a high-risk group as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he or she may telework or request leave.
  • Additional Cleaning Procedures – IRS facility staff at each location will implement expanded procedures for the cleaning and disinfecting all public areas.
IRS employees who return to work will face a mountain of an estimated 11 million pieces of unopened mail. Sunita Lough, IRS Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, stated, “We estimate that we receive one million pieces of new mail each week. And think about all the weeks we were closed."

The IRS is also struggling to process returns filed on paper. It published a press release and explained, "We are experiencing delays in processing paper tax returns due to limited staffing. If you already filed a paper return, we will process it in the order we received it. Do not file a second tax return or contact the IRS about the status of your return or your Economic Impact Payment.”

The IRS urges taxpayers to be proactive in obtaining assistance. An excellent resource for questions about tax law, refund status, tax payments and Economic Impact Payments is www.IRS.gov. You can check on your Economic Impact Payment on the “Get My Payment” page or your refund status at the “Where’s My Refund?” page. If you need a tax transcript, select “Get Transcript.”

Taxpayers can make payments through Direct Pay. The tax payments for Tax Year 2019 are due on July 15, 2020. If you have tax law questions, use the Interactive Tax Assistant.

The IRS continues to offer limited phone support. Tax compliance and IRS support lines with customer service representatives for taxpayers and tax professionals are available. You may check your tax refund status on an automated line by calling (800) 829-1954.

Editor's Note: Both the filing and tax payment deadlines this year are delayed until July 15, 2020. As a result, June and the first two weeks of July will be a busy season for both taxpayers and the IRS. Millions of Americans have not yet filed or paid taxes and need assistance from the IRS.

Published June 19, 2020
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