IRS Commish: Extensive Wait Times Calling IRS

New IRS commissioner John Koskinen warned taxpayers in the following video below that if you plan to speak to an IRS representative, expect to wait…a lot.  Koskinen said:

 “Given our very limited resources, our phone lines are going to be extremely busy this year – and there will frequently be extensive wait times…

While he tempers that statement by saying many tax resources can be found on the website, sometimes speaking with a person is ultimately necessary.  Given the recent report that found the IRS only answered 61% of the calls last year, don’t expect this number to climb anytime soon.  In fact, the IRS’ budget was cut by over $500 Million this year.  In other words, pray that you don’t have a problem (like identity theft) with your tax return that requires a phone call to the IRS.