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Unplug the IRS FIRPTA Refund Backup

It seems like more and more taxpayer refunds from US property sales are held up at IRS. Some of the delays can be prevented by an understanding of the IRS process because IRS employs a finite process and when that process isn’t followed, no refund ensues. For example, if seller does everything correctly but buyer’s title company doesn’t properly complete the 8228 form they file with IRS that will spoil things for the buyer. The required IRS process is that the withholding agent (a Title company may be filing reporting the withholding agent buyer) files a properly completed (8288 and) 8288-A with IRS, then IRS puts the withholding dollar amount on the account of the withholding agent (NOT on

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