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HILL TAX BRIEFING: Virus Upheaval Could Last Years at IRS

May 8, 2020, 10:08 AM

The coronavirus pandemic means an already weakened IRS will be forced to climb out from under a growing pile of work and billions of dollars in uncollected tax money.

The health crisis heightens an existing problem: The agency for years has faced budget cuts and a shrinking, aging workforce. In the years 2010-2018, the IRS lost nearly half of its revenue officers, who collect tax from delinquent individuals and businesses, and 39% of its revenue agents, who conduct audits.

And measures to prevent the Covid-19 contagion from spreading are exacerbating the issue, as the agency pauses audits, tax liens, and...

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