Growing IRS Workload Causing Problems - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Growing IRS Workload Causing Problems

WASHINGTON (AP) - A government watchdog says the Internal Revenue Service can't fully handle identity theft cases and fraudulent tax refund claims or adequately answer taxpayers' questions because its budget is too small to deal with its growing workload.

A report by national taxpayer advocate Nina E. Olson says that last year the IRS identity theft caseload grew by 20 percent to more than 226,000. She says the number of tax returns the agency decided needed additional screening for possible fraud exceeded 1 million, a 72 percent increase over 2010.

Olson says Congress should give the IRS enough money to perform properly. This year's agency budget is $11.8 billion. That's $300 million less than last year.

The taxpayer advocate is an independent watchdog within the IRS that reports annually on the agency's performance.

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Lake Arrowhead State Park visitors boost local economy

    Lake Arrowhead State Park visitors boost local economy

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:22:12 GMT
    (Source:KAUZ)(Source:KAUZ)

    Lake Arrowhead State Park visitors bring a boost to the Falls. 

    Lake Arrowhead State Park visitors bring a boost to the Falls. 

  • Good News: The Boy Scouts of America Honors Wichitan

    Good News: The Boy Scouts of America Honors Wichitan

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:49 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:49:48 GMT
    Scouts, young and old, came together Tuesday to honor an institution in the Northwest Texas Council.       W.M. "Bill" Thacker Jr. joined boy scouts as a youth, and at 94 years old is still actively helping to scout in 12 councils.      So during a special lunch, July 17, 2018, he was recognized for his continued support with the Chief Scouter of Council Award and also given a 50 year Veterans Award.       &nbs...
    Scouts, young and old, came together Tuesday to honor an institution in the Northwest Texas Council.       W.M. "Bill" Thacker Jr. joined boy scouts as a youth, and at 94 years old is still actively helping to scout in 12 councils.      So during a special lunch, July 17, 2018, he was recognized for his continued support with the Chief Scouter of Council Award and also given a 50 year Veterans Award.       &nbs...
  • Downtown WF crosswalk project a step forward for local artists

    Downtown WF crosswalk project a step forward for local artists

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:44 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:44:35 GMT
    (Source: KAUZ)(Source: KAUZ)
    (Source: KAUZ)(Source: KAUZ)

    Tuesday, Wichita Falls City Council gave Downtown Wichita Falls Development the green light to paint crosswalks downtown. Hand drawn paintings made by local artists will fill the cross sections of 7th and 9th on Scott, Indiana and Ohio. 

    Tuesday, Wichita Falls City Council gave Downtown Wichita Falls Development the green light to paint crosswalks downtown. Hand drawn paintings made by local artists will fill the cross sections of 7th and 9th on Scott, Indiana and Ohio. 

Powered by Frankly