The Internal Revenue Service unveiled the People First Initiative on March 25, 2020. It is an unprecedented effort to temporarily scale back many collection and enforcement activities by the IRS during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The purpose of the People First Initiative is to immediately ease the burden on people facing tax issues as much as possible, to enable them to better focus on the well-being of themselves and others during this unprecedented situation for the nation. It is not permanent, but it will stay in effect until it is deemed to no longer be needed.
In consultation with its partners, the IRS will continue to review the People First Initiative and modify or expand it as needed during this situation.
Main Elements of People First Initiative
The initiative modifies numerous IRS compliance programs, providing taxpayer relief for the following programs: