Increased Scrutiny of IRS Continues
While the additional $290 million the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) received in this year’s budget will provide for the hiring of 1,000 seasonal workers, Congress continues to focus on accountability within the agency and ways to restrict spending.
Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced new legislation aimed at keeping former IRS workers with a disciplinary record from being rehired at the agency.
“With so many scandals calling into question the integrity of the IRS, the agency already has a tough enough time convincing taxpayers it should be taken seriously,” said Senator Heller.
This legislation comes on the heels of a newly released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, which outlines taxpayer frustration with customer service last spring. The report revealed the need for a new strategy and greater efficiency to improve customer service at the IRS.
Commissioner John Koskinen has said that the additional funding is “an important development for the agency,” however it does not address the larger problem.
“[W]e must put it in perspective,” Koskinen said of the new funding. “It won’t solve our problems, even in the” targeted areas of telephone service, fraud detection and cybersecurity. “It will improve service but we’re still $900 million below where we were six years ago.”
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