2012 tax season ends quietly
The 2011 filing season ended quietly, apart from a few IRS reminders and last-minute tips issued just before the April 17 deadline. Practitioners generally agreed with the government’s assessment that there were no big misfires this tax season. The IRS reported no problems with the processing of returns apart from a few delays in processing refunds in the early portion of the filing season. The delays resulted from improvements the IRS was making to its e-filing systems designed to prevent refund fraud. The IRS also continued to implement its Modernized e-File (MeF) program, which has been successful thus far.
On April 16, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George gave the IRS good marks for its performance during the 2012 filing season. Speaking with reporters, George said that the agency has worked diligently to detect tax fraud. However, George said that budgetary constraints have resulted in longer wait times for taxpayers to speak with IRS customer service representatives. George highlighted the IRS’s performance in a new report by TIGTA, “Interim Results of the 2012 Filing Season,” released on April 16.
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