A Ridiculous Situation

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?”

Dear MR,

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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One thought on “A Ridiculous Situation

  1. sethu subramanian says:

    If the boss refuses to write the letter it may be the situation is unclear for her/him. The best way would be to contact the congressman/senator explaining the circumstances. MR should make sure that he/she is right. Expalin everything in detail to the congressman/senator. They would write a letter to the TSA directing them to provide MR the required letter. TSA or any other employer for that matter must listen lest they should incur the wrath of the congressman/senator.

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