Discussion:EA placed on inactive status - GRRRRRR

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Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

30 August 2013
Last January I sent in my renewal form with my check and about a week later the check was cashed and cleared the bank. Earlier this week I received a letter from IRS letting me know they have placed me in an inactive status because I didn't file my form. I sent a copy of the form and the check to the address shown in the instructions for the 8554 because the letter does not provide an address to be used in this event at all. I have called and called and called and I am getting nowhere. I spoke with two people the other day and neither of them would offer more than the fact that once the package hit Los Angeles, the check and the form are separated and the form goes to Michigan. Great, but isn't it part of their job to help me now to track down where the form is and how do we best solve this issue? Apparently not, one person hung up on me and I asked for the supervisor of the other one. The supervisor has not yet called me back. Out of frustration, today, I called about four times, only getting voice mail so I left messages each time to please call me back.

In the meantime, is there another number to call? I'm using 313-234-1280 to no avail. I don't know if I've sent copies to the right place, if I need to send more copies, if they actually have my 8554 and it just needs a go button pushed. In past years these guys were way more helpful when there was a problem.

Podolin (talk|edits) said:

30 August 2013
Bet they blame sequestration.

Uncle Sam (talk|edits) said:

30 August 2013
If you're a member of NAEA - call Bob Kerr or if he's not in - Justin Edwards - they'll act

on your behalf to get the problem solved.

Jesella (talk|edits) said:

2 September 2013
I filed my renewal online the end of December and also got the panic-inducing inactive letter last week. I was fortunate that the rep at that 313 phone number was able to see my renewal payment and application in the system. Supposedly he kicked it through, but I'm waiting anxiously to receive my card.

As the letter says, "If you believe we have issued this notice in error, please contact us immediately" ... "write to us at the address shown on this letter." I would send copies of everything to the PO Box on the letter (and keep up the phone campaign in the meantime). (Or, as Uncle Sam suggests, enlist the help of NAEA.)

Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

4 September 2013
I checked my letter this morning, it says to use the address on page 3 of form 8554, which is the Los Angeles address and the one I used. I also called the number shown in the letter again. First responder is on vacation until September 9; second responder has a full voice mail box so leaving a message is not possible; third was actually a voice! Yay me. She looked and said she could see that I had sent in my form and my check, this took about 30 seconds to determine so I'm thinking she pushed a button after I gave her my EA number, so why couldn't the people last week do that? Anyway, she asked me to FAX a copy of my 8554 which I did, and the card is supposed to be mailed tomorrow. Now Jesella and I can hold our breath and see whose gets to us first. Such a bizarre way to do things and they didn't used to be so difficult.

Gazoo (talk|edits) said:

4 September 2013
This is the reason I consult the stars and the I Ching for the proper day to make contact. Once the stars are in alignment and Mars is not retrograde, then establishing contact is a breeze.

Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

9 September 2013
I now have two copies of my EA card!!!! Lucky me.

BottomLine (talk|edits) said:

10 September 2013
Double check that the number(s) are correct!

Kyea (talk|edits) said:

13 September 2013
I a have a question about a very basic part of filling out form 8554. However, given the apparent snafu that is occurring with the renewal process here goes:

When placing the Enrolled Agent number in boxes on the application how should they be presented. Should it be 55555-EA with every digit and letter placed in the squares? The online version doesn't appear to have the square boxes for each digit or letter but the paper copy does. I know it would seem to be self-explanatory but I found in various situations that would not be the case.

I would appreciate your advise in this matter.


Actionbsns (talk|edits) said:

13 September 2013
My thought is that it shouldn't matter as long as the number written down is correct. However, some sultry data entry person, bored out of their skull, who will get a paycheck no matter what and wanting to spice up the life of some unknown, hard working, self employed EA, might just find that dinking around with the information given on the form, gives them a sense of power. Since screwing around with that other person's life can be done annonymously by the data entry person, there might be an incentive to cause havoc. It's probably better just to put one number in each box and steal the fun of the bored data entry person, thereby saving yourself some unnecessary grief.

Kyea (talk|edits) said:

15 September 2013
Good advice Actionbsns

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