This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to express concerns about cuts to services, particuarly for rural and elderly New Mexicans. The letter follows numerous complaints from residents of Fort Sumner, Elephant Butte, Taos and across rural New Mexico about a lack of paper filing forms and reduced office hours due to budget cuts. With just under four weeks left to file income tax returns, Udall and Heinrich encouraged the IRS to make non-digital tax resources available statewide.
“IRS has reduced the number of offices and limited hours at locations where taxpayers can receive in-person assistance,” Udall and Heinrich wrote in the letter. “Furthermore, it was brought to our attention that the IRS no longer makes tax filing forms available at local libraries in rural communities such as Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Constituents who have inadequate access to digital alternatives have been left in the dark as to where to go to find tax forms.”
The letter notes that while making tax services available online is important, New Mexico is a rural state with a large number of senior citizens who lack Internet access and expertise. “As the IRS transitions to the digital era, it cannot do so at the cost of elderly and rural Americans,” the senators wrote.
The full text of the letter is HERE