The agency says it is on track to implement new hiring policies, and doubled down on its tax ID fraud defenses.
The IRS stopped more than 880,000 confirmed ID theft returns in calendar 2016.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen urged Congress to fund the tax administration so it can invest in IT infrastructure, and meet customer service demands.
The Internal Revenue Service reported between January and June 1, it identified roughly 10,000 business returns for potential ID theft, compared to 4,000 in 2016, and around 350 in 2015.
How does an agency improve customer experience while simultaneously dealing with a shrinking budget, a smaller workforce and maybe even a hiring freeze?
The National Taxpayer Advocate and Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) released their respective reports, highlighting actions the IRS needs to take to improve customer service and strengthen IT security.
The spending package gives the Homeland Security Department about $1.5 billion for border security activities for the remaining five months of the fiscal year. For civilian agencies, here are six other areas to take note of in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017.
The IRS says a "convenience app" on the Education Department's student loan online application is being used to steal identities and file tax returns. The tax agency is working to notify potential victims and has flagged the accounts to protect against future ID theft attempts.
The Internal Revenue Service continues to think of ways to modernize its IT systems and navigate the dangerous waters of identity theft and refund scams, —, even as the agency is being asked for a seventh year to tighten its belt.
Last year the Internal Revenue Service showed improved telephone customer service, and close to 300 million visits to the Where's My Refund? site. Agency leadership and advocates say those are just two examples of why the tax agency needs full funding in FY2018.
The Internal Revenue Service is standing up an Identity Theft Tax Refund Fraud Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) to help build on the 2016 progress of reducing identity refund fraud.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen took responsibility for his decisions and actions during a congressional investigation into the agency's involvement in targeting of political groups. But he said impeachment would not be appropriate.
Government sources tell Federal News Radio that some in the departments of Commerce, Agriculture and Labor also are pushing back against the implementation of the intrusion detection and prevention program known as EINSTEIN 3-Accelerated (E3A).
The Republican National Convention supports impeaching the head of the IRS, and demands more stringent oversight of federal agency spending in its official party platform.