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IRS Backlogs and Delays Insights: COVID-19 Pandemic

November 2, 2021

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the one government agency with which almost every individual, couple, business, trust, and not-for-profit organization interacts. And, just like all of us, the IRS and its thousands of employees have been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this Tax Beat episode, hosts Brooks and Sarah bring in Anne Oliver, Director and Leader of Cherry Bekaert’s Federal Tax Controversy practice.  Anne shares insights on why the pandemic caused more problems for the IRS than the last government shutdown, what happens behind the scenes for tax returns, and technology changes the IRS has pushed forward in the last 20 months.

Chapter Markers

  • 2:50 – Background on impact of the pandemic vs government shutdown on the IRS
  • 6:09 – Different responses from divisions within the IRS
  • 13:02 – Responding to IRS notices
  • 21:58 – Congress offers proposals to close the tax gap
  • 26:18 – Final advice to taxpayers

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