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Tax returns and Obamacare: a perfect storm?
Tax returns and Obamacare: a perfect storm?

In my Wednesday column, I wrote that Congress keeps asking the Internal Revenue Service to do more work even as Congress cuts the IRS budget. One consequence of that budget squeeze is a precipitous decline in service the IRS gives taxpayers. The agency now answers fewer than 50% of the phone calls it gets from citizens, a level IRS Commissioner John Koskinen calls “miserable.” It’s going to only get worse over the next two weeks – not only because April 15 is approaching, but also because this year brought new reporting requirements under President Obama’s healthcare law. “This really looks like a perfect storm,” Brookings Institution scholar...

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