It’s been a hard year for everyone, from pauper to president to tax practitioners. The latter have been triple-whammied by the need to keep clients and employees healthy, the shifting rules and deadlines made to accommodate the lockdown and the staggering, stumbling service of the Internal Revenue … well, Service.
Let us pause to pity poor Erin M. Collins, who late last year landed a great new job: National Tax Advocate. She replaces Nina Olson, who held that position from 2001 to 2019, bowing out in the nick of time, leaving behind an impressive record of improvements in the American system of tax collection. READ MORE →
The Internal Revenue Service had received 139.9 million individual income tax returns as of the week ending June 26 – the latest data available – down 3.5 percent from the same period in 2019. It had processed 128.5 million returns, down 10.6 percent. READ MORE →
The IRS was forced to suspend the processing of paper tax returns, and as of May 16, it estimated it had a backlog of 4.7 million paper returns, says National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins, who succeeded long-time predecessor Nina Olsen just as the pandemic was ramping up.
Although the IRS is reopening some of its core operations, it is not clear when it can open and process all the returns sitting in mail facilities, the Taxpayer Advocate Service reports.
The IRS had received 138.3 million individual income tax returns as of the week ending June 19, the latest data available. That’s down 4.4 percent from the same period in 2019. The agency had processed 126.6 million returns, down 11.4 percent. READ MORE →
Every business in the country, if not the world, is feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Outside of the tech sector, the impact has been largely negative. Every business is suffering. So, relatively speaking, the tax and accounting sector may be getting off easy.
According to the latest data from the CPA Trendlines 2020 Busy Season Barometer, about 39 percent of firms are still expecting to see an increase in business, but overall optimism seems to be dipping even as the economy begins to reboot.