The IRS entered the first day of tax season with 5 million pieces of unopened mail, CBS News has confirmed -- lingering effects of the government shutdown that could take the agency more than a year to recover from. Since in-person IRS help centers were closed, taxpayers turned to the postal system, and the IRS went from getting 200,000 pieces of mail per day to 700,000. That's not the only backlog the agency faces. Some IRS workers quit during the shutdown, and the agency has delayed hiring thousands of temporary workers, which it typically does before tax season. Michelle Harris, an IRS employee, told CBS News she expected "massive catch up at this point." Here's what this means for tax filers."Hundred-meter dash" For many tax pros, the most salient factor of the shutdown isn't that it's over -- it's that another one may be coming in just three weeks. "Now, it's like the hundred-meter dash -- we have 21 days to get it done, and then who knows?" said Mark Steber, Jackson … [Read more...] about As tax season begins, here’s how behind the IRS is
Hace años que no vas a clase, pero estás en el autobús de camino a un examen. Llegas tardísimo y encima el autobús ha cambiado su ruta sin avisar. Consigues que pare y te bajas para ir corriendo a la facultad, a pesar de que vas descalzo. De hecho, vas desnudo. Cuando llegas, no eres capaz de encontrar la clase y además tus compañeros no saben de qué examen hablas. Es habitual soñar que llegamos tarde a un examen o a una prueba importante. Con variantes, este sueño es casi universal, igual que soñar que estamos desnudos, que se nos caen los dientes o que nos caemos. ¿Por qué hay tanta gente que ha soñado alguna vez lo mismo aunque no sea nada habitual salir a la calle sin pantalones? El sueño del examen y la simulación de amenazas De los sueños sabemos poco, comenta a Verne el doctor Francisco Javier Puertas, miembro de la junta directiva de la Sociedad Española de Sueño (SES) y responsable … [Read more...] about Llegar tarde a un examen, ir desnudo, perder los dientes… ¿Por qué tanta gente sueña lo mismo?
Fewer than half of the IRS employees who have been recalled to work without pay during the government shutdown returned to their jobs as of Tuesday, congressional and government aides say. The official start of the tax filing season is Monday, and the Trump administration had said that taxpayers owed refunds would receive them on time—despite a shutdown that entered its 35th day on Friday. But about 14,000 recalled employees (out of the 26,000 who have been recalled) haven't reported to work, IRS officials told House committee staffers Thursday. Around 5,000 of them have sought permission under their union contract to be absent because of financial hardship. The remaining 9,000 couldn't be reached by IRS managers.The roughly 12,000 employees who have returned to the job are working without pay.The many employees staying off the job, some with managers' approval under their contract, makes the possibility of delayed tax refunds loom larger. Already the partial government … [Read more...] about More than half of IRS workers recalled to process tax returns stayed home
Kansas City, Mo. — Tax-filing season officially begins next Monday. The Trump administration has ordered thousands of furloughed IRS employees back to work without pay to process returns, but hundreds are defying that order. Shannon Ellis said she can no longer afford to go to work. "It's too expensive to put gasoline in. We just don't drive a lot," she said. As an IRS customer service representative, Ellis is one of the 800,000 federal workers furloughed without pay by the shutdown. She is among 36,000 from the IRS who the White House ordered back to their desks without pay last week. But Ellis declined, citing a union contract provision which allows her to miss work if it would be a "hardship" to show up. Not getting paid for her work qualifies. Ellis estimates 60 percent of her colleagues at the Kansas City office are taking advantage of the hardship exemption. That's a problem with the tax filing season almost upon us. "At this point, I mean, I'm hoping there's enough … [Read more...] about Furloughed IRS employees defy order to go back to work without pay
The union representing thousands of IRS workers warn that furloughed employees may not be able to return to work next week when taxpayers start filing their tax returns and seek refunds on their 2018 taxes. Under their contract, IRS employees who are asked to work during a government shutdown can claim financial hardship, allowing them to remain furloughed. It's unclear how many IRS workers have asked for the exemption, but the union said Wednesday its members are experiencing "real hardship" as the shutdown enters its fifth weekThe IRS recalled tens of thousands of furloughed workers earlier this month as tax season kicks off Jan. 28. Trump administration officials have vowed that tax refunds will go out on time, but the record shutdown -- 33 days as of Wednesday -- has caused financial stress for many IRS workers, the union said. That raises questions about whether processing of returns and refunds will be slowed when filing begins on Monday. "After a month with no pay, … [Read more...] about IRS workers claiming “hardship” may not show up to work during tax season