Hatch Schedules Hearing on 2018 Tax Filing Season, IRS Challenges

Senate Finance Committee (SFC) Chairman Orrin G. Hatch announced on April 4 that the SFC will hold a hearing to examine the 2018 tax filing season and future challenges at the IRS. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on April 12.

The hearing is expected to pay particular focus to ensuring that the IRS is well staffed and has the IT systems in place it needs to serve taxpayers and reduce fraud, according to Hatch. Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter is scheduled to testify.

2018 Tax Filing Season

“With the 2018 tax filing season in full swing, the IRS has a lot on its plate as it implements a modernized tax code that will help U.S. workers and improve America’s global competitiveness,” Hatch said in an April 4 press release. “Acting Commissioner Kautter will come before the Finance Committee to discuss the agency’s plans to address current challenges, as well as its efforts to ensure that the current tax season goes smoothly and efficiently.”

Kautter, while speaking at an event in Washington, D.C. last week, said that the 2018 tax filing season has been “going well so far.” Additionally, Kautter reported that the IRS is already working to implement tax reform (TAXDAY, 2018/03/28, I.8). “Our top priority in this effort is to ensure everyone can navigate and understand these changes, and be able to file their returns in 2019 as quickly and easily as possible,” Kautter said according to his prepared remarks, which were provided to Wolters Kluwer by the IRS.

Congress remains in recess for the week of April 2. Lawmakers are expected to return to Washington on April 9.

By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Staff

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