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The Westminster Window
August 28, 2018

The IRS is the government agency that everyone loves to hate.

More than 30 years ago, I was one of more than 100,000 IRS employees. I left many good friends behind in 1982, but I sympathize with the taxpayers (many of whom are now clients) who characterize IRS workers as unresponsive and arrogant. The numbers support the impression: When I was there, we measured our response to taxpayer inquiries at 80 percent. Not great.

The Westminster Window
February 27, 2019

The theme for this year’s tax season so far seems to be the double-whammy of a shortened filing period along with complications resulting from the tax reform of 14 months ago. It’s a lot to process!

As most of us know, the IRS wasn’t even accepting e-filed (2018) returns until Jan. 28 of this year, which effectively shrinks the tax-return season to under 80 days. And this year, we are dealing with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), which was mostly ignored by taxpayers until they arranged a chance to sit down with a professional tax preparer.