IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen is having a rough week. He was threatened with contempt of court charges for failure to comply with a previous court order to release recovered emails related to the Lois Lerner scandal. Earlier in the week Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Oversight Committee wrote a letter to President Obama requesting that he be removed from office for failure to cooperate with their ongoing investigation into the same subject.
Here is yet another story about the great customer service taxpayers are receiving this year with over 60% of their calls being ignored by the agency.
Will IRS budget cuts affect your tax refund? IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified before congress earlier this year and warned that the recent budget cuts to his agency would affect tax refunds this year. But, in a recent interview with USA Today he said “It’s possible that the level of service won’t be as bad as we worry about it.”
So, here’s a view from the front lines. So far, for my clients, the efiing system is working well and I haven’t had any complaints about delayed refunds with efiled returns. There has been a slight slow down in refunds from paper filed returns. If you need to file an amended return, all I can say is “Be Patient”. There was a significant slow down in the processing of amended returns last year and I expect that will continue this year. If you want to check the status of your federal refund. You can use the Where’s my Refund feature at irs.gov.