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By Rick Telberg
CPA Trendlines

The government shutdown could not have come at a worse moment for the Internal Revenue Service.

The tax season will bring its annual avalanche of returns. The IRS was already working with fewer agents than it had a few years ago, and now it’s even more shorthanded.

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act tax code is poorly understood by agents who need to be trained and taxpayers and tax preparers who need to be informed. Even after the shutdown ends, the backlog will be overwhelming.

The biggest problem may be the uncertainties. We can think of at least 16:

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Rick Telberg

Rick Telberg

About the Author

Rick Telberg is a veteran analyst, advisor, commentator, editor and publisher. He brings a unique background and perspective to research and advisory services for the professional services community.

Mr. Telberg may well be the accounting profession's most widely-known commentator through his long associations with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Accounting Today magazine, and today, CPA Trendlines.

As an expert in management, marketing, media and e-commerce, Mr. Telberg has served as Senior Editorial Director of Pro2Net Corp., now www.smartpros.com, and as Director of Online Content at CPA2Biz, www.cpa.com.

Previously, Mr. Telberg served as the early Editor-in-Chief of Accounting Today, and as Vice President/Group Publisher at Thomson Financial (now SourceMedia), overseeing Practical Accountant, Accounting Technology, and what is now AccountingToday.com.

Mr. Telberg was presented with a special citation by the National Society of Accountants for service to the profession and has served on a variety of boards and steering committees, including BKR International and the IBM Small Business Advisory Council. He is a graduate of New York University.

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