IRS Watchdog Cites Failures, Concerns over 2015 Tax Filing Season
On July 15, National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) Nina E. Olson released a midyear report on the state of affairs at the IRS, as mandated by federal law. The NTA serves at the IRS as a sort of internal watchdog on behalf of the public. There was plenty to complain about during the first half of 2015, but it remains to be seen how much the IRS can improve under its current budgetary restraints.
According to an IRS press release, the four main areas that Olson focused on her “Objectives Report to Congress” were the recently concluded 2015 tax filing season, long-term strategic IRS planning, ID theft refund fraud, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
2015 tax filing season: Overall, the NTA gave high marks to the IRS for handling more than 126 million income tax returns under difficult circumstances. But there was a definite letdown in some taxpayer services. “For the majority of taxpayers who filed their returns and did not require IRS assistance, the filing season was generally successful. For the segment of taxpayers who required help from the IRS, the filing season was by far the worst in memory,” wrote Olson. Read more on CPA Practice Advisor.