A retired Navy captain and IRS worker described the possible hazards of moving to a tax-free state to shop in a state with no sales tax.
Despite a big jump in population responsibilities and major changes, the number of federal workers is about the same as it was decades ago.
The past few months have been particularly challenging for the IRS, with budget ups and downs, a long government shutdown and a complex new tax code.
The timing of the third shutdown of 2018 and the implementation of 2017 tax reform created major paycheck and cash flow problems for tens of thousands around the nation.
While Congress has taken steps Wednesday to introduce another continuing resolution and avoid a partial government shutdown, the IRS is prepared to furlough the vast majority of its workforce if lawmakers fail to fund agencies past the Friday midnight deadline.
The IRS faces a particularly challenging rollout to the 2019 filing season, best summarized in four words: more work, fewer employees.
The Internal Revenue Service faces an uphill battle in preparing for the next filing season, according to National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson.
As the IRS looks to implement its new long-term strategy and sees a spending boost on the horizon from Congress, David Kautter, the agency’s acting commissioner, plans to hire 1,700 full-time additional employees ahead of next year’s tax filing season.
The vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service discussed how the IRS is trying to respond to taxpayers’ questions about filing changes.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin stressed the importance of giving the IRS nearly $400 million annually for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 to help implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.