Last week, I took what I thought would be a quick detour into the workings of the IRS as the agency set out to hire thousands of new workers. This is just a piece of what’s going in that organization, though, to the point where I feel I have to continue this week to give a more complete picture.
So first, there is this negative look at how difficult it may be for the IRS to fulfill its goal of hiring 10,000 workers. But hey, even if they only meet 2/3 of the goal (as the article intimates), that would still be more than 6,000 new hires, and that can only still help in the end, right?
Then when it comes to further help, we also got word last week from the agency itself that it is looking for around 200 new technologists to help with its trend to modernization. This is an inevitable push that will only have to continue, so it is heartening to see the IRS putting some muscle behind its words claiming that it is looking to modernize. One could certainly argue that it is still far behind where it should be in this arena based on how the current world works, but again, let’s give some credit for moving in the right direction.
And then there was also news of a funding increase for the IRS last week. And no matter how negative your view of the entity is, it would be really difficult to imagine it doesn’t do SOMETHING good with new hundreds of millions of dollars, right?
Now again, I know that such stories are not exactly rare (last week, remember?) and dealing with the IRS since the pandemic started has been quite a bear. I am certainly not giving continued space to such news to absolve the agency in any way. I do, however, think that it’s important to know that issues are at least being acknowledged and steps taken to hopefully fix them. And the more that we do know such things, the more we can set reasonable expectations for what dealing with the IRS will involve.
Nothing is currently fixed and nothing has a date on when it will be fixed. But now you know the lay of the land. And if you need to traverse any of that land because of issues you are currently having, do not hesitate to reach out to us.
And now on to hopefully something different next week …
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