Analysis

Poor Funding Root Of IT Failures At IRS, Ex-Employees Say

By Amy Lee Rosen (April 19, 2018, 8:24 PM EDT) -- In the aftermath of this week's breakdown of the IRS' online filing system, former IRS employees say the best way to prevent future failures is to make sure the agency is appropriately funded by Congress.

On Tuesday the Internal Revenue Service announced it faced technical difficulties when millions of Americans tried to file their tax returns before midnight, saying several systems were down. In response to the system failures, the agency gave taxpayers an extra day to file their taxes.

The inadequacy of the IRS' information technology systems and the agency's lack of funding are nothing new. At a House committee hearing...

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