Federal News Network: IRS tackles ‘new ground’ juggling stimulus payments with extended filing season

“Not for the first time, the IRS finds itself taking on unprecedented workloads and responding to sudden disruptions to the tax filing season.”

“Last year, the agency dug out from backlogs caused by a 35-day government shutdown yet ended the filing season on time.”

“Prior to the longest shutdown in history, the IRS spent much of 2018 implementing the first major tax reform law in decades. It also upgraded more than 140 computer systems and updated more than 450 tax forms.”

“In 2018, the IRS dealt with a tax day IT system outage that affected its direct pay system, which the agency uses to collect payment from taxpayers who owe money on their income taxes. That led the agency to delay the season by a day.”

“But under the pall of the coronavirus pandemic, the IRS faces a three-pronged challenge: Disbursing stimulus payments to as many as 150 million households, extending the tax filing season to July 15 and carrying all of this out with…” Read the full article here.

Source: IRS tackles ‘new ground’ juggling stimulus payments with extended filing season – By Jory Heckman, April 6, 2020. Federal News Network.

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