More than ever, this tax season will be riddled with delays despite the extended tax deadline. The Internal Revenue Service was already behind before the COVID-19 outbreak. The IRS closed in late March due to the pandemic. And now they are struggling to re-open and catch up. The IRS has extended the deadline for tax returns from April 15 to July 15, but this will be a nominal help with the backlog the IRS faces, according to the Washington Post.
Prior to the pandemic, budget cuts and a new tax law contributed to an already enormous excess of paperwork for the IRS. Then, the agency was forced to close in the middle of tax season because of the global pandemic. Because much of the work is done on paper and over land-based phone lines, telework was not an option for many IRS employees. Mail rooms, call centers and walk-in offices closed.
The amount of paperwork is staggering. Local tax offices are storing the unopened mail in 53-foot trailers or renting additional office space.
Getting Back to Work
As of late May, the majority of the IRS workforce had returned to the office. Many agency employees were afraid to return after coronavirus outbreaks in several of the local offices. It has also taken the agency time to secure face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer for people coming into work. And, consider that more than half of the IRS staff is over the age of 50.
Despite all of these challenges, the agency has begun opening up some phone lines for attorneys and tax preparers.
Even in such unprecedented times, tax season does not have to be stressful. If you are unable to get through to the IRS regarding your tax return or have a dispute with the agency, Britt and Burroughs can help.
The Tax Attorneys To Call First
Taxes are complex, but need not be stressful. Britt and Burroughs offers a personalized approach to your tax concerns. Contact us at our local Marietta, Georgia office today. Dial 770-427-1776.