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IRS adds video chat option for tax appeals Beginning Aug. 1, taxpayers, and their accountants, will be able to video chat with the Internal Revenue Service's office of appeals via WebEx, a web-based screen-sharing platform that also has a text chat feature and allows sharing of documents, according to this CBS MoneyWatch article. The agency hopes that the videoconferencing option would benefit individuals living in rural areas or far from IRS offices. Donna Hansberry, chief of IRS appeals, said the technology could enable them to serve taxpayers virtually via computers or mobile devices.

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