Written and published on 2 September 2021
The technique outlined in this webpage for talking with a real IRS agent works …
Link: “How to Speak Directly to an IRS Agent,” by TaxSlayer Pro … https://support.taxslayerpro.com/hc/en-us/articles/1260807635769-How-to-speak-directly-to-an-IRS-agent?fbclid=IwAR0YxdrIsFBFMpYBPqU96aDOJFBFM7AnhepCJmk9G1paSqCmWJCoJlGOWpU ..
… but I had to sit down and call, time after time, to get to an open line. What the person with whom I spoke said is that 2020 tax returns are still being processed. That is a 4-month delay from the usual processing time. She said it has to do with understaffing because of COVID.
That might be the partial cause; but in addition I feel that, if the IRS budget was strained by lack of income from 2020 tax returns (say, because taxpayers made less than the IRS projected based on prior years) then the IRS might have needed to hold back on 2020 tax refunds till the date of the third estimated tax payment for 2021. That is 15 September 2021, about 2 weeks from now.
My hunch is that influx of cash in the next few weeks might make it possible for the IRS to honor its commitment to send us our 2020 tax refunds.
In addition I have found USPS mail delivery in some American small towns (Durango and Upper Marlboro in my case) to be unreliable since about 2014. The US Postal Inspector is apparently unable to set things aright.
Three barometers of the American way of life are taxes, mail delivery, and the right to own real estate. As two of these are faltering in a way that seems from my stance to be unprecedented, my hunch is the United States may be undergoing a ‘sea change’ similar to that experienced by the USSR when it decentralized in December 1991.
In 2019 I wrote an article addressing the issue what we might anticipate here in the US were such a process to occur, in case you would like to take a look …
Link: “What If: Will the United States Become Less Centralized?” … https://awakeningwithplanetearth.com/what-if-the-united-states-became-less-federal-and-more-regional-in-government-by-alice-b-clagett/ ..
To that blog I added the following today …
REGIONAL PACTS NOW IN PLACE
In the event of decentralization here in the United States, I feel the United States might expect to enjoy three power blocks along geographic lines of the three COVID pacts now in place amongst states in the Eastern States, the Midwest, and the Western States …
The Eastern States Multistate Council to do with COVID consists of the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island …
Link: “Eastern States Multi-State Council,” in English Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_States_Multi-state_Council ..
As well, there is the Midwest Governors Regional Pact” to do with COVID. This consists of the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin …
Link: “Midwest Governors Regional Pact,” in English Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midwest_Governors_Regional_Pact ..
There is also, to do with COVID, a Western States Pact involves the states of California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington …
Link: “Western States Pact and Possible Decentralization of the United States,” in English Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_States_Pact#:~:text=The%20Western%20States%20Pact%20is,to%20the%20COVID%2D19%20pandemic. ..
Here is the map of the power blocks for these pacts, which, I feel, may well be expanded to assure continuity of taxation, mail delivery services, securance of real property rights, and local military defense, in the event of decentralization of the United States …
Image: “U.S. States Forming Pacts to Reopen the Economy (Coronavirus Pandemic),” by JayCoop, in Wikimedia Commons, 27 April 2020 … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:U.S._states_forming_pacts_to_reopen_the_economy_(coronavirus_pandemic).svg … CC BY-SA 4.0 International
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See also … Link: “Western States Pact and Possible Decentralization of the United States,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 2 June 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-is3 ..
–from Link: “United States Decentralization Indicators Uptick,” by Alice B. Clagett, written and published on 2 September 2021 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-p0a ..
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