Chairman Neal: The IRS Requires Additional Resources to Fulfill its Mission

Feb 12, 2022
Press Release

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) released the following statement regarding the backlog of tax returns at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS): 
“For decades, Republicans have starved the IRS of funding, and now American taxpayers are paying the price. The IRS needs greater support to carry out its most essential functions, like processing tax returns, enforcing the tax code, and closing the tax gap. Without resources from Congress to update its woefully out-of-date technology, the agency simply cannot operate at the level American taxpayers expect. The COVID-19 crisis only added to the strain on the IRS, which is why the Build Back Better Act directs more funding to the agency. The backlog of tax returns is but one symptom of the fundamental issue that has been ailing the IRS for too long: inadequate resources.”