Republicans have been trying to strave the agency of funds for years….
President Biden has come to their assistance…..
It means better service and MORE money for the US Government….
That pays those in Congress and the rest of the government…
Even those who are complaining about the agency that collects the money that is used to pay their salaries….
It’s hired more than 5,000 workers and posted jobs for 5,300 more. It’s reopened walk-in tax clinics that shuttered as staffers quit over the years. Workers rejoiced in Cincinnati when the agency replaced almost two-dozen copy machines that had been down for almost three years. No longer must agents queue up in front of the machines to print and scan taxpayer notices.
For the first time in years, employees say, it’s not so bad to work for the tax man.
“We do see light at the end of the tunnel,” said Shannon Ellis, who answers taxpayer help phone lines in Kansas City, Mo., and is the president of the local National Treasury Employees Union chapter. “Many of these employees, they want to do the job. They’re there for a reason.”
The Inflation Reduction Act, one of President Biden’s chief legislative victories, gave the IRS $80 billion over 10 years to stiffen tax enforcement on high-income earners and major corporations, and improve the agency’s customer service and technology systems. The IRS has already spent nearly $850 million of that money in preparation for the 2023 tax season.
In the near-term, it’s made the tax agency a better place to work, employees and union officials told The Washington Post. The IRS’s performance has also improved so far this tax season. It processed 2 percent more returns by March 10 than it had at the same point in 2022, and issued 8.5 percent more refunds, two key indicators, experts say, of the agency’s improvement.
For taxpayers, that means better IRS phone service and timely refunds, tax pros say. The IRS has also mostly conquered its backlog of paper filings, and is opening its mail on time, a prospect that was unheard of during the 2022 tax season…..
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