A group of congressional representatives has asked the Internal Revenue Service to hold off on plans to shut down 68 of the agency's Taxpayer Assistance Centers.

In a letter dated July 12 and sent to IRS Commissioner Mark Everson, nearly 70 representatives said that closing the centers (a plan the IRS officially announced in May), would conflict with Congress' wishes. Language was placed in an appropriations bill approved early this summer by the U.S. House of Representatives requiring the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration to study the "impact that such closures would have on taxpayer compliance" and shared the findings with House and Senate Appropriations Committees.

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