On Tax Day, the Treasury Department urges for more funding to the IRS

NPR's Daniel Estrin talks with Deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo about the deadline to file taxes and what the department says the IRS needs

So have you filed your taxes? Today is the deadline for most Americans to submit their 2021 tax returns.

More than 100 million people filed before the deadline, and the vast majority of those returns have already been processed.

Today is the deadline for most Americans to submit their 2021 tax returns.

More than 100 million people filed before the deadline, and the vast majority of those returns have already been processed.

But an estimated $600 billion in taxes will go uncollected this year because the IRS doesn't have the people and technology it needs to enforce the existing tax law.

Here to talk about this with us is Deputy Treasury Department Secretary Wally Adeyemo.

Let's start with a frustrating fact. This past year, when people called the IRS for tax help, only 11% got someone to answer the phone.

It's important to remember that the IRS is trying to serve every American.