Today TaxMama hears from MR in the TaxQuips Forum with a stupid problem. “In the course of a personal audit, IRS made a routine request for an employer letter to verify that his education is not a minimum requirement of the job. MR’s boss at TSA is afraid to write the letter – and is willing to let his employee suffer an $8,000 tax assessment and potential additional years’ audits as a result of the assessment. What can MR do to give IRS a letter?”
Wow! What a silly tempest in a teapot. This IS a routine matter and shouldn’t require an act of Congress. One of your problems may be because you asked your boss. S/he clearly has some cause for personal fears.
Did you try to ask your personnel or human resources department? That might be an easier way to go.
If you cannot get this simple letter from work, then, yes, I absolutely would contact my U.S. Representative or Senator for further assistance. Since TSA is federally funded, you ARE working for the U.S. Government. Perhaps a letter from your Senator or Representative would qualify as an employer letter? That may be stretching it a little…but it may work.
Incidentally, is there anything in the employee manual about education, minimum requirements and continuing education? Perhaps you can make copies of the relevant pages in the manual – and prove you had already met the minimum standards – and that you are simply learning more to improve your knowledge and skills.
For $8,000, I would certainly pursue this, too!
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