As the 2015 filing season approaches, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is bracing taxpayers for more reductions in customer service unless the agency receives more funding. According to Koskinen, the IRS is facing its biggest challenge in recent years.
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Facilitated by the speed, ubiquity, and anonymity of the Internet, criminals are able to easily steal valuable information such as Social Security numbers and use it for a variety of nefarious purposes, including filing false tax returns to generate refunds from the IRS. The victims are often unable to detect the crime until it is too late, generally after the IRS receives the legitimate tax return from the actual taxpayer.
The IRS expects to process more than 140 million individual returns this filing season and for many taxpayers the process has been moving along without any significant problems. A large number of taxpayers, however, have experienced delays in filing their returns because of late tax legislation. The IRS has predicted that all remaining delays should end by early March.