Staffing shortages continue to hurt the IRS’s ability to enforce tax laws and assist taxpayers who need help, the agency’s watchdog said.
“Human capital remains a serious underlying issue,” the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said in a memo released Oct. 18. Staffing reductions make it harder for the IRS to address its top challenges, including combating cyberattacks and implementing the 2017 tax law, the watchdog said.
- Between fiscal years 2014 and 2018, the IRS’s budget increased slightly from $11.2 billion to $11.4 billion, TIGTA said.
- “However, cost increases over this time period have resulted in ...