IRS Commissioner Predicts Miserable 2015 Tax Filing Season

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Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen warned that close to half the people trying to reach the IRS by phone might not get through during the upcoming 2015 tax filing season. “Phone service could plummet to 53%,” he told an audience of tax practitioners at the AICPA National Tax Conference in Washington, D.C. today. That would be down from an already unacceptable 72% during the 2014 filing season. The average hold time projection: 34 minutes! What’s to blame? Budget woes. “All we can do is try to maximize our services as well as we can; as well as we can is still going to be miserable. You really do get what you pay for,” he said.

Koskinen’s remarks followed National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson who was even gloomier:“The filing season is going to be the worst filing season since I’ve been the National Taxpayer Advocate {in 2001}; I’d love to be proved wrong, but I think it will rival the 1985 filing season when returns disappeared.”

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1 thought on “IRS Commissioner Predicts Miserable 2015 Tax Filing Season”

  1. The entire tax system is a problem. We are still collecting taxes like we did in 1940.
    If you ask 10 agents the same question you are likely to get 8 different answers.
    The tax code is complicated by many regulations. Some of which probably contradict one another.
    From a political standpoint, there are violations of rights as people that are not quite politically correct get audited and others do not.
    All of which is common knowledge.
    If this were anything but the IRS, the courts would have struck the laws down years ago.
    Any time in civil law that you have flagrant violations and discrimination under the law, the law is deemed unconstitutional and has to be rewritten so that the law is fair to everyone. So why hasn’t that happened?
    Why do we have courts that are ruling for the IRS when the law is obviously unequally enforced against people?
    The obvious answer is the deck is marked. The rules are not in favor of the people.
    It is a crooked deal.
    So we all live with it and hope we are not next on their agenda.
    We now have an opposition congress in place. I suggest they investigate the agencies of government that have become way too powerful.
    The EPA and the IRS might be places to start.

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