Upcoming Feature: The Taxman’s Tech Troubles

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With tax season looming, FCW’s lead feature in the March 30th issue is “The Taxman’s Tech Troubles,” which outlines the technology woes the IRS is facing both in the view of the general public and behind closed doors.

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Under the surface, [The IRS] is struggling to modernize its creaky tech, feeling the strain of a budget crunch that forces the agency to abandon new IT because of the costs of keeping its old technology running.

With tax season looming, FCW’s lead feature in the March 30th issue is “The Taxman’s Tech Troubles,” which outlines the technology woes the IRS is facing both in the view of the general public and behind closed doors.

FCW and “The Taxman’s Tech Troubles” article author Zach Noble are available for further inquiries or interviews. Contact znoble(at)1105media(dot)com or (703)576-7081 for more information.

A preview of “The Taxman’s Tech Troubles”:

The IRS spends $2.5 billion annually on information technology across more than 20 major systems, yet it still relies on a central data processing setup that went online in the 1960s to keep its revenue-collecting cogs turning. The IRS’ IT problems are manifold: not enough money, political pressure, technical constraints, a lack of skilled tech professionals and the tax code itself.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has asked for more money, and he’s hopeful he can push legislation to save the IT employees he’ll soon otherwise lose. But the code itself continues to knot up his plans.

FCW staff writer Zach Noble notes that only a few of the IT woes at the IRS are visible to the general public (e.g. The “Get Transcript” tool hack). Under the surface, the agency is struggling to modernize its creaky tech, feeling the strain of a budget crunch that forces the agency to abandon new IT because of the costs of keeping its old technology running.

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