Misery. Yes, it's a Stephen King novel that was made into a movie. But it is also the existential state of many taxpayers trying to comply with a more-and-more complicated tax code despite less-and-less assistance from the IRS.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was candid in calling last year's filing season "miserable," as budget cuts reduced the IRS's ability to provide customer service at a time when its workload was increasing due to the agency's role in implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Will next year be any better? In this post, we will discuss the role of one of the particular challenges for the IRS as another filing season approaches: "tax extenders."