As various factions bicker over the Cut Inflation Act, we have a question: Where is the IRS supposed to find 87,000 agents?
In case you haven’t heard or seen your aunt sharing Impact Police memes about this, Senate Democrats want to throw money at the IRS (among other things without going in here):
The injection of cash should allow a massive increase in hiring at the IRS, which has seen its workforce fall precipitously since 2010. The IRS, for example, has laid off 17,000 enforcement officers over the past decade, as well as nearly than 9,000 customer service representatives. The Democratic bill would provide $3 billion for taxpayer services, $46 billion for enforcement, $25 billion for operations support and nearly $5 billion for modernizing business systems. The additional funding for the app would only go to taxpayers earning more than $400,000 a year.
So the IRS is struggling with recruitment and retention, like every other business and firm that has needed accountants over the past couple of years. In 2019, 74,454 people worked for the IRS. And they think they’ll double that number in this market? With all due respect, HOW??
Earlier this year, the IRS said in a report to Congress that about 20% of callers had successfully reached IRS agents live and estimated that more than 3 million tax returns are still pending. processing starting in 2021. “We are an aging workforce, and we know we have to prepare for the future,” Corbin McFarlane, director of taxpayer experience at the IRS, told CBS News.
In addition to its aging workforce, the IRS struggles to stay competitive on salary. Remember they compete with Walmart in some cases.
This from Federal News Network in March:
The agency is still obligated to pay many of its frontline workers who open mail and process incoming tax returns $15 an hour.
While the private sector is almost always able to offer higher salaries than the federal government, an especially competitive job market at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more difficult for the IRS to attract in-demand workers.
Rettig said the agency competes with retail giants like Amazon, Walmart and Target for the same labor pool.
While some of those retailers are offering up to $20 an hour, Rettig said the IRS until recently paid its lowest-paid staff up to $14.57 an hour.
Entry-level Internal Revenue Officer requirements include a four-year degree or experience as well as 30 hours of accounting courses. Where is the IRS going to get <90,000 people who meet this requirement? Did anyone tell them there was a serious shortage of accountants?
Tell your closest conservative uncle not to worry, there’s no way the IRS is finding that many agents.
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