IRS Budget Cuts And Staffing Challenges Create Coronavirus Payment Headaches

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    The Internal Revenue Service is under huge pressure to quickly disburse the $1,200 payments promised to most people in the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill. Experts say it could take months for everyone to get checks — with some people possibly waiting until after they file their taxes next year. Over the past 10 years the IRS budget has been reduced by roughly 20%, leaving the agency with aging technology and forcing it to cut back on staff and training, according to experts. The added stress of the coronavirus is already causing customer service headaches. “There’s a dearth of people who are qualified to do the work and they’re overworked,” said Mark Everson, who served as IRS commissioner from 2003 to 2007 under President George W. Bush. “If you’re going to get a check in the mail, it could come as late as end of August.” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told House Democrats Wednesday that the first round of coronavirus payments will be made by direct deposit next week.

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