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Treasury and IRS Announce Aggressive Plan to End Pandemic Inventory Backlog

The Treasury Department and the IRS announced an aggressive plan to end the pandemic inventory backlog this year. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo and IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig traveled to the IRS Campus in Philadelphia where they outlined an aggressive plan to end the backlog. This year, millions of taxpayers are awaiting the processing of their tax returns and receipt of their refunds. The backlog has created one of the most challenging tax filing seasons in U.S. history. The IRS’s backlog challenges today stem from two key sources. First, the agency has been chronically underfunded for more than a decade, with its budget cut by nearly 20% since 2010. The IRS workforce is the same size it was in 1970. However, the U.S. population has grown by 60 percent and the complexity of the economy has increased exponentially. Second, the pandemic created a unique set of new operational challenges for the IRS. The agency was called upon to support emergency relief for taxpayers. This included distributing an unprecedented three rounds of Economic Impact Payments, totaling over $830 billion, to 85 percent of American households. Including individual refunds, the IRS has distributed over $1.5 trillion to Americans since the pandemic began. To tackle the backlog, the IRS has laid out the following approach.

Hiring and Surging Thousands of Employees

Increased Taxpayer Assistance to Reduce Processing Delays

By helping taxpayers file accurately, the IRS can ensure that refunds are issued quickly. An error-free tax return is processed within 21 days. Accurate individual filings also proactively reduce inventory by decreasing the share of returns that require time-intensive manual attention by employees. Efforts to help taxpayers file accurately include:

Developing and Deploying Updated Technology to Automate Functions

The IRS and Treasury have worked closely with legislators to highlight the need for resources and this year’s House-passed omnibus represents the largest funding increase for the IRS in the last two decades. However, Treasury stated that the IRS needs stable, long-term funding to be able to modernize outdated technological infrastructure and transition much of its manual work into automated processes.

FL - Guidance provided on tax relief for properties made uninhabitable by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole

Florida provides guidance regarding property tax relief for residential properties rendered uninhabitable for 30 days or more due to Hurricanes […]

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FL - Guidance provided on tax relief for properties made uninhabitable by Hurricanes Ian or Nicole

FL - Relief for corporate income taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Nicole discussed

Florida will follow the corporate income tax relief granted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for Hurricane Nicole affected taxpayers […]

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FL - Relief for corporate income taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Nicole discussed

Elizabeth Askey Appointed As New Deputy Chief Of IRS Appeals, IR-2022-219

The IRS Independent Office of Appeals has announced the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Askey, an alumnus of Harvard Law School, […]

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Elizabeth Askey Appointed As New Deputy Chief Of IRS Appeals, IR-2022-219

IRS Issues Guidance on Form W-4 Substitute Submissions, Additional Guidance for Substitute Submissions of Form W-4

The IRS stated that, for 2022, general guidelines for electronic substitutes to paper Forms W-4 can be found in the […]

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IRS Issues Guidance on Form W-4 Substitute Submissions, Additional Guidance for Substitute Submissions of Form W-4

TIGTA Launches New Website

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), J. Russell George, announced a redesign of the agency’s website, to better serve […]

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TIGTA Launches New Website

FBAR Filing Deadline Extended for Individuals with Signature Authority but No Financial Interest in Certain Accounts, FinCEN Notice 2022-1

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced a further extension of time for certain individuals to file a Report of […]

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FBAR Filing Deadline Extended for Individuals with Signature Authority but No Financial Interest in Certain Accounts, FinCEN Notice 2022-1

Courtney Kay-Decker Appointed as New Deputy Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer, IR-2022-222

The IRS has appointed Courtney Kay-Decker as the new Deputy Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer today. Kay-Decker will lead IRS efforts […]

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Courtney Kay-Decker Appointed as New Deputy Chief Taxpayer Experience Officer, IR-2022-222

FL - Alachua County local government infrastructure surtax rate increased

Beginning January 1, 2023, the combined Florida state and local sales and use tax rate for Alachua County is 7.5%. […]

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FL - Alachua County local government infrastructure surtax rate increased

FL - 2023 fuel tax rates announced

The 2023 Florida motor fuel, diesel fuel, and aviation fuel tax rates are announced. Annual adjustments to the state fuel […]

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FL - 2023 fuel tax rates announced

IRS Issues Fact Sheet on Hobby vs. Business Income, FS-2022-38

The IRS has issued a fact sheet related to differentiating between taxpayers’ hobbies and businesses. There are several factors that […]

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IRS Issues Fact Sheet on Hobby vs. Business Income, FS-2022-38