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Incorrect IRS Audit Notices Sent to New Orleans Tenants

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

  • By: Mark Moreau
  • Organization: New Orleans Legal Assistance
The Housing Authority of New Orleans reported nontaxable relocation payments to tenants in 2003 as taxable income to the IRS. As a result, many tenants are being audited by the IRS for additional taxes that they owe. The audit notices appear to have begun in March 2005. In 2003, HANO tenants received relocation payments as a result of a Uniform Relocation Act lawsuit filed by New Orleans Legal Assistance. These relocation payments are exempt from tax under 42 USC 4636. The affected tenants were from the Desire, Florida, St. Thomas and C.J. Peete projects. They had to move out because of demolition or renovation. Any tenant who receives an IRS notice should contact the Louisiana Taxpayer Advocate or protest the IRS preliminary audit findings by letter. If legal help is needed, call the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at NOLAC. More information is available in the Tax News section of LawHelp.org/la.
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