January 9, 2023 - Douglas Myser

Last speech by outgoing IRS Commissioner. Charles Rettig's final message was not intended just for the IRS and Congress, but to all Americans, to assure them of the integrity and challenges that the agency had to overcome during the Covid pandemic. The IRS shut down during the first 7 months of the crisis, when health professionals were trying to determine how it was transmitting, and it took them nearly two years to catch up on the backlog of work that befell them. In addition, the Congress gave the IRS the responsibility of rolling out the stimulus checks, as they were tied to income, shown on tax returns. Last speech by outgoing IRS Commissioner.


"It's important to remember the IRS faced unexpected factors in responding to a pandemic that affected wide segments of the U.S. economy - and created unique challenges for IRS employees and everyone involved in the tax system inside and outside government. Nonetheless, thanks to the agility and flexibility of our workforce, the IRS moved forward, using innovative approaches to make sure our employees could deliver on the agency's mission, such as significantly increasing our virtual and digital operations.

It's also important to realize that, during the pandemic, our employees faced the same health and safety concerns for themselves and their families as everyone else. Nonetheless, they went the extra mile in doing their jobs, and they also made a difference in the communities. Stepping up in times of national urgency is a proud tradition of our workforce, IRS employees have for years delivered in times of need for the nation when disasters strike. Over the past decade, thousands of IRS phone assistors have helped the Federal Emergency Management Agency's call centers in the aftermath of national disasters."


With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, the IRS is adding 87,000 new personnel. They will begin training them in the winter of 2022, and by spring 2023 will again begin aggressive collection. If you have Unfiled Tax Returns or a tax debt, this would be a good time to call a Tax Resolution firm to pursue the IRS Fresh Start Program.