“The IRS marked the annual tax filing deadline day with a message conceding that chronic underfunding has hurt the agency's ability to modernize and to effectively serve ordinary taxpayers.
‘Today's deadline is an inflection point in what has been the agency's most challenging filing season in recent history,’ wrote Natasha Sarin, counselor for tax policy and implementation at the IRS. ‘This is the byproduct of chronic underfunding that has starved the IRS of the tools it needs to serve the American people, coupled with a historic pandemic that introduced new responsibilities alongside mammoth challenges.’...”
“Sarin also pointed to that $80 billion number in this [April 18] blog post, writing that it would ‘finally give the IRS the capacity to modernize and invest in a 21st century workforce,’ resulting in ‘a much smoother experience for the American taxpayer, where filing is easier, and processing is automated.’
Among the major difficulties are a shrunken IRS workforce and outdated technology, wrote Sarin, who called the U.S. tax system ‘is a tax system where ripped paper returns are literally pieced together with scotch tape.’...” Read the full article here.
Source: IRS marks the annual tax filing deadline with a plea for more funding – By Natalie Alms, April 18, 2022. FCW.
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