2019 filing season may be delayed, according to TIGTA

  • October 10, 2018
  • Mark Hughes CPA CFE

According to a report recently released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the 2019 filing season may be delayed. Here’s why.

To implement the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the IRS will need to create or revise approximately 450 forms, publications, and instructions. In addition, the agency will have to modify about 140 information technology systems. The TIGTA found that the IRS’s Information Technology organization missed its normal deadline of January 31 to submit work request notifications and business requirements. Delays in receiving this information will result in less time for modifying and testing systems.

Secondly, the IRS may struggle in quickly filling critical positions that were vacated by employees or contractors. Also, as of July 2018, the IRS had not provided any documentation of any ongoing projects or programs that will be negatively affected by the implementation of the TCJA.

For more information, visit www.treasury.gov/tigta/auditreports/2018reports/201824064fr.pdf.