Starting this October, 2020 the IRS will be adding QR codes to certain tax notices. This will allow taxpayers to scan codes on two particular notices, the CP14 or the CP14 IA and be able to directly access the IRS.gov page. From there, they will be able to securely access their account information and see their balance due and even possibly set up payments without having to call the IRS (which we know everyone dreads, those wait times).
While no one wants to receive a CP14, the IRS does send more than 8 million of them each year. While currently, this is just a change to two documents that most Americans will never see, this is certainly pushing toward a future with QR codes in many other tax documents. The IRS is already assessing the impact of adding this technology to several other forms and notices in the future. Technology is becoming a part of everyday life for many aspects, so if you're feeling unfamiliar with something changing, you can always reach out to us for guidance. We are glad to help!
QR codes might be something daunting to many, however, we have included an example to help you learn to use them yourself! If you have a modern phone, likely you can scan this QR code on the right hand side of the screen and immediately be taken to our contact form. You may have to download one of the many free QR code applications, but most modern phones will give you a notification when you focus on the QR code with your camera.