Ways and Means Oversight subcommittee hearing to examine taxpayer problems with IRS
House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., announced this week that his panel will hold a hearing with the National Taxpayer Advocate on February 8 to examine challenges facing taxpayers in dealing with the Internal Revenue Service.
The hearing will take place as the 2021 tax filing season enters its third week and as the agency still struggles to clear a backlog of several million unprocessed tax returns from the 2020 tax year—a situation the Service has attributed to pandemic-related shutdowns and staffing shortages, as well as years of congressionally mandated budget cuts.
National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins last month released her annual report to Congress in which she detailed some of the difficulties of the 2020 filing season and cautioned that that she is “deeply concerned” about the possibility of delayed processing of 2021 returns—particularly in the case of taxpayers who file paper returns. Collins also noted in a recent blog post that “taxpayers and practitioners continue to experience frustration over lack of adequate phone service” as they seek answers to questions about advance child tax credit payments, the 2021 recovery rebate credit, unprocessed returns and refund claims, and unresolved 2020 tax return issues.
30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10112-0015 United States
About Deloitte Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”), its global network of member firms, and their related entities (collectively, the “Deloitte organization”). DTTL (also referred to as “Deloitte Global”) and each of its member firms and related entities are legally separate and independent entities, which cannot obligate or bind each other in respect of third parties. DTTL and each DTTL member firm and related entity is liable only for its own acts and omissions, and not those of each other. DTTL does not provide services to clients. Please see www.deloitte.com/about to learn more.