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Long waits and partnership audits muddy new tax season

February 26, 2024 Article 4 min read
Brett Bissonnette
As we enter 2024, the IRS faces new challenges. In Bloomberg Tax, our tax controversy practice leader Brett Bissonnette discusses what tax practitioners and taxpayers need to keep top of mind amid these changes.
View of U.S. government building against a blue sky.The IRS is facing new challenges this tax season, including adapting to a new partnership audit system, employee retention credits, and overall changes in enforcement focus. Practitioners and taxpayers should keep several key factors in mind while the IRS adapts.
  • Communication conundrum: In its annual report to Congress, published on January 10, the Taxpayer Advocate shared that only 29% of calls were answered by a live person in fiscal year 2023.
  • Long waits: Taxpayers have been frustrated by significant delays encountered in corresponding with the IRS.
  • Partnership audits: The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 made significant changes to the examination of partnership returns.
  • Employee retention credits: The employee retention credit program, created to provide incentives to small businesses to retain employees, has garnered concern from the IRS because of overly aggressive ERC mills advising taxpayers to claim the credits.

Read more at Bloomberg Tax. 

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