Bloomberg Tax
Free Newsletter Sign Up
Bloomberg Tax
Welcome
Go
Free Newsletter Sign Up

IRS Adds New ‘Surge Team’ as Lawmakers Fume Over Tardy Refunds

Feb. 17, 2022, 10:07 PM

The Internal Revenue Service is expanding its capacity to process tax returns following criticisms from members of Congress about taxpayers waiting months to get their refunds.

The agency is adding a second so-called surge team to process a backlog of unprocessed tax forms filed in the past two years and is outsourcing some basic functions to help the agency finalize refunds more quickly, the National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins told a Senate committee Thursday.

The new surge team is in addition to the 1,200 employees that the agency is temporarily re-assigning to tackle the backlog.

“These additional steps should reduce ...