Thursday May 5, 2022 – Paper is the IRS’s Kryptonite. So says Erin Collins the IRS National Taxpayer Advocate. IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig told the Senate Appropriation Committee’s subcommittee on financial services and general government that the agency is “going into the direction of being able to automate paper returns.”
The IRS Requested funding in 2013 to convert to a digital scanning system – as many states did some years ago. But the Commissioner said “If we were asking for it in 2013, we are 10 years essentially, technology-wise, beyond that,”
Rettig said scanning and digitization technology would help the agency reduce its backlog and improve efficiency, but probably wouldn’t result in workforce cost savings.
According to Subcommittee Ranking Member Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) the IRS received more than $3 billion in supplemental COVID-19 funding since 2020, and more than $1 billion remains available.
Attorney Steven A. Leahy goes over the IRS digitalization plan on Today’s Tax Talk.