IRS Faces Under-Staffing of Revenue Officers
The IRS is facing an under-staffing problem with balancing the workload demands of their Revenue Officers, according to a new audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). The IRS has initiated a hiring plan to add an additional 1,515 new Revenue Officers nationwide, placing them in the areas of greatest need.
The percentage of delinquent taxpayer accounts that were closed has steadily decreased because of an inventory increase in the amount of taxpayers with new liabilities. The IRS also estimates that hiring these additional Revenue Officers in 2011 and 2012 will barely cover the attrition losses.
The continual increase in new tax liabilities, mostly forced by the economy, will take its toll on the IRS over the next few years, and with all of the budget cuts in DC taking place right now, the IRS is looking at a long hard road ahead of them to keep up to speed.
All the more reason for a simplified consumption tax system. You don’t need a revenue officer to collect at point of sale, but that’s only my two cents.
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