Taxes: Moving in Slo-Mo At the IRS

Moving in Slo-Mo At the Irs

The Internal Revenue Service has a notorious lack of sympathy for taxpayers who file late returns. But this year it is the tax collectors who are having trouble with tardiness. IRS Commissioner Roscoe Egger acknowledged last week that his agency is taking as long as twelve weeks to send out refunds, two weeks longer than last year. The sluggishness of the IRS, said Egger, is the result of glitches in setting up a new $103 million Sperry Univac 1100/84 computer system. The IRS launched a crash program to install the computers in November to replace its creaky 1960s-era equipment.

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