Politico’s Morning Tax newsletter reports that the IRS is asking for tax extenders to be done without substantive changes:
KOSKINEN URGES CONGRESS TO PASS EXTENDERS WITH MINIMAL CHANGES. Our Brian Faler reports that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday urged Congress to approve the tax extenders with as few changes as possible, saying last-minute revisions would only complicate what already promises to be a hectic 2015 tax-filing season. “Obviously” lawmakers won’t deal with the extenders until after the November elections, but Koskinen said any substantive changes will force the agency to reconfigure its internal systems and mean many more questions from the public, uncertain about how the new provisions affect them.
The IRS is already struggling with tight budgets, he said, predicting that almost half of those calling the agency next year for assistance with their taxes won’t be able to talk to a live person. “To the extent that new tax legislation or changes in the way in the provisions that’s being extended are implemented make it more complicated for us,” said Koskinen.