In a recent speech to the Tax Executives Institute, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen discussed the IRS’s aging workforce. The IRS has 87,000 employees, but has only 650 employees born after 1990 and 2,000 who are 30 years old or younger. Koskinen stated that this will be the last year that the Service deals with budget limitations by not hiring.
The Service has introduced processes to allow it to operate more efficiently with fewer employees. According to Koskinen, although the Service is currently operating adequately despite budget limitations, it will have to reevaluate if Congress does not raise its budget for the 2016 fiscal year.
Despite budget constraints, the IRS is expanding some programs. For example, the commissioner plans to expand the compliance assurance process, which allows corporate tax departments to reduce compliance costs. Koskinen also noted that the program is efficient for the IRS.
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