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IRS workforce to shrink

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Senate panel last week that even with a boost in fiscal 2016 funding, the agency will be forced to continue to downsize its workforce.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a Senate panel last week that even with a boost in fiscal 2016 funding, the agency will be forced to continue to downsize its workforce.

Appearing before the Senate Finance Committee Feb. 10 to testify on IRS operations and budget, Koskinen thanked lawmakers for significantly increasing the agency’s budget for the first time in six years, but said that even with $290 million in additional funding, IRS remains “under significant financial constraints,” and will need to further reduce its workforce by 2,000 to 3,000 full-time employees during the fiscal year.

The cut would push the number of workers lost by the agency since fiscal 2010 to more than 17,000, he said.

See more at: www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2016%20JAK%20testimony%20SFC%20on%20FY17%20budget%20021016x.pdf.

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