Trump & Co. are gone….
But efforts by Republicans to kneecap the tax collector still exist….
There have been two stimulus check runs so far….
Joe Biden and Congress are about to approve a third …..
And some in Congress want to start paying child benefit money to parents for a while also…
And the agency is ramping up from the virus ….
But the mission threatens to stretch the agency between its primary role as the country’s chief revenue collector and its relatively new presence as the distributor of coronavirus relief.
The reliance on the IRS comes at a time when the agency is already underfunded and scrambling in pandemic working conditions.
It continues to grapple with a significant backlog from the 2019 tax-filing season, plus snags in earlier rounds of stimulus payments. Personnel shortages caused by the pandemic have also caused a major slowdown in agency operations, forcing officials to platoon staff at IRS campuses to open mail and process a backlog of paper returns…