CALL TO ACTION SCRIPT
1. Finding your Representatives
Our state’s legislative branch is divided into two distinct chambers: the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly. Within these chambers, each constituent is represented by a State Senator and a State Assembly Member, with their assignments determined based on your residential address.
Elected officials generally prefer to be contacted by email or telephone. You can also reach out to their local offices and request a meeting with the elected official or an appropriate staff member.
To find your New York State Senator, visit www.nysenate.gov/senators
To find your New York State Assembly Member, go to www.assembly.state.ny.us
When you contact them, it’s helpful to introduce yourself, mention that you’re a constituent, and briefly describe your concerns with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance doing unannounced home visits.
Hello, I’m [Your Name], and I’m a constituent from [Your City/Town]. I hope you’re well.
I’m reaching out today to discuss a pressing issue related to surprise tax visits conducted by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
3. Issues to Discuss
Below are some ideas of what to say. The most important thing is that you contact your elected officials and let them know what you think. Do not assume they know anything about your issue: be prepared to educate your representative.
4. Talking Points
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has recently made changes to reduce unannounced visits to taxpayers’ homes and businesses for safety and transparency reasons. I believe it’s crucial for New York State to follow suit and implement a similar policy.
- There are numerous positive outcomes of stopping unannounced home visits:
- These surprise tax visits can be highly stressful and intimidating for taxpayers. They can sometimes lead to undue pressure to pay balances that may not even be owed or settle erroneous fines and penalties.
- Protect the safety of both taxpayer and employees of the state
- An increase in scams and conflicts lead to a growing level of distrust of solicitors.
- Regain a level of trust and confidence in the New York State Department of Taxation.
- Allowing the taxpayer to meet on their schedule allows them to prepare or consult a professional to make sure everything is proper.
- Reduce stress on taxpayers and business owners in an already stressed economy
- Ending these visits would help protect the rights and privacy of New York taxpayers while fostering trust between the government and the public.
5. Ending the Call
Thank them for their time and interest and inform them that New Yorkers are counting on them.
After the call, please send a thank-you email or note to express your appreciation for their attention to this issue. Additionally, it’s essential to share any responses or feedback you receive with others concerned about this issue.