They just have too many things going….
(And the country has a virus crisis going on also)
This is the same Internal Revenue Service that Republicans went after in budget cuts (sound familiar) back a few years ago because the agency denied several conservative organisation ‘s tax-exempt status…
Now the GOPer’s want the agency to be the hand that emptied out the Treasury to help get Do bald Trump a second term?
The IRS is piling unopened business tax refund requests into storage trailers and advising companies to file by fax instead. It’s stopped answering phone calls on taxpayer assistance lines. And it’s not processing millions of paper tax returns filed by individual Americans.
The coronavirus pandemic has nearly crippled the tax collection agency, which relies on antiquated technology and still does a lot of business on paper, just as it is most needed to help pump money into the ailing economy.
All of the agency’s processing and taxpayer assistance centers have been shuttered to shield its workforce from exposure to the virus. With the normal tax filing deadline delayed until July 15, the IRS has turned most of its attention to implementing a key part of the federal government’s most recent economic rescue plan — sending out stimulus payments of up to $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for couples, plus $500 for children under 17.
As a result, millions of individual taxpayers and businesses could face lengthy delays before they receive refunds they desperately need as the coronavirus halts their incomes. Taxpayers disputing how much they owe or waiting to see if they qualify for tax credits also could have to wait indefinitely.
“Clearly, most day-to-day operations at the IRS have stood down, that’s the blunt reality,” said a former commissioner, Mark Everson, who ran the agency from 2003 until 2007.
The delays in handling paper correspondence are coming as the agency grapples with getting out the stimulus payments. The process kicked off this week with direct deposits to tens of millions of Americans, and almost immediately hit some bumps….