Hi,.On the first issue, we're seeing a lot of this (just slow processing generally); checks not being cashed, refunds taking longer, direct debits AND deposits of refunds, ALL taking longer.I just had a question a couple of weeks ago from an individual
who wondered if he should stop payment on his check, becasue it had been two months..With all of the furloughs and cutbacks since 2008, IRS now has appx 1 person doing what three did before..As long as you have your confirmation that the plan was accepted I would give it some time..BUT, don't expect a head's-up by mail either..If you'll look at the form
(or doing this online you agreed to somethig like this by checking a box:"I authorize the U.S. Treasury and its designated Financial Agent to initiate a monthly ACH debit (electronic withdrawal) entry to the financial institution account indicated for payments of my federal taxes
owed, and the financial institution to debit the entry to this account. This authorization is to remain in full force and effect until I notify the Internal Revenue Service
to terminate the authorization. To revoke payment, I must contact the Internal Revenue Service at the applicable toll free number listed above no later than 14 business days prior to the payment (settlement) date. I also authorize the financial institutions involved in the processing of the electronic payments of taxes
to receive confidential information necessary to answer inquiries and resolve issues related to the payments".So I think the best practice here is to treat the payment as being taken out (or assuming that it will be at any moment)..By the way, I asked the customer to let me know what happened, and the check WAS eventually cashed..Please let me know if you have questions ....Lane.