Union: New tax law should be matched by more funding for IRS

The National Treasury Employees Union has reacted to passage of the new tax overhaul in Congress with a strong statement of need for greater resources at the agency that must implement the heavy revamp of the system.

“The civil servants of the IRS stand ready to implement tax reform legislation and to assist taxpayers, businesses, and the professional tax community,” NTEU President Tony Reardon said in an open letter every member of Congress. “[B]ut it is incumbent upon Congress to provide the IRS with the resources necessary to implement any proposed changes to the tax code, to deliver a successful 2018 filing season, and to carry out their core taxpayer service and enforcement mission.”

Reardon continued by outlining the upheaval and additional work the new law would demand from employees.

 “If tax reform is signed into law, the IRS will have to reprogram its computers; develop new regulations and tax forms; educate taxpayers, businesses, and the tax practitioner community so they can understand and comply with new tax laws; respond to what is expected to be a significant increase in taxpayer requests for direct assistance; and train IRS employees,” he stated in the letter. “That work is on top of preparations for the upcoming 2018 tax filing season.”

“The IRS will be carrying out all of these mandates, as well as their core taxpayer service and enforcement mission, with a reduced budget and workforce that has been decimated in recent years due to budget cuts,” Reardon wrote.

A statement released by the union noted that in the last seven years, the agency has lost $900 million from its previous level of funding, and 21,000 full-time employees.

Furthermore, the current spending proposals pending in the House and Senate both slash more than $100 million from last year’s budget.

For more: https://www.nteu.org/media-center/news-releases/2017/12/15/irs-funding-letter                                             

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