|IR-2010-84, July 9, 2010
WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service today announced the opening of a special telephone line for taxpayers affected by the Gulf oil spill.
Individuals who have questions about the BP payments or who are experiencing filing or payment hardships because of the oil spill should contact the IRS at 866-562-5227.
The special services phone line will operate weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.
In certain cases, the IRS can assist oil spill victims by suspending collection and examination actions. Taxpayers who need this assistance must request it. Others may decide to continue making payments because interest will continue to accrue on outstanding balances, even if some penalties are abated.