Monday, January 04, 2016

IRS Finally Makes 2015 Form 1040 Available, But No Instructions

only 1040 instructions available today
The IRS shows incompetence on top of political skullduggery. 

Between 2010 and 2012 the IRS targeted conservative groups for "extra scrutiny" simply because they had conservative sounding words in their names.
During that period, about 75 groups were selected for extra inquiry — including burdensome questionnaires and, in some cases, improper requests for the names of their donors — simply because of the words in their names, [Lois Lerner] said in a conference call with reporters.
They constituted about one-quarter of the 300 groups who were flagged for additional analysis by employees of the IRS tax-exempt unit’s main office in Cincinnati.
The actual number of conservative groups targeted was north of 290.

Now the agency can't even get its major form instructions online in the year it has to be filed.

Form 1040 was finally posted two days before the end of 2015--December 29, 2015. But still no instructions. This is probably due to new Obamacare requirements.

This all makes tax reforms that would eliminate the need for the IRS much more attractive.


MAX Redline said...

I haven't got around to installing Turbotax yet, because it'll be February before the W-2s and other stuff get sent out.

T. D. said...

Just saw that the instructions for 1040 form for 2015 were posted yesterday (Jan. 6). Yes. Everything is going to be late.

T. D. said...

Oops, wrong. Though they list 2015 1040 instructions, what comes up is still
the 2014 1040 instructions.

MAX Redline said...

They're probably experiencing a delay due to the time required to scrutinize conservative groups....

T. D. said...

Heh! Good one, Max!

Interesting that the site says the 2015 version is up--but it's not. Somebody trying to make the site look like its working.

MAX Redline said...

Somebody trying to make the site look like its working.

Shades of "Cover Oregon"! They presented a PowerPoint showing a working website to CMS to get more federal funding.

Looks like Oregon really is a "national model"!