National Treasury Employees Union National President Tony Reardon says the IRS needs to be fully funded in fiscal 2017 so it can hire staff to keep up with an increasing workload.
Fiscal 2015 was a record-breaking year for the Internal Revenue Service, according to the tax agency’s Data Book. But it was also a year that marked a continued decline in funding for the agency, leading to shrinking numbers in its workforce and in the agency’s enforcement branch.
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen warned that without adequate funding and a renewed hiring authority from Congress, the IRS is going to remain understaffed, less vigilant against tax fraud and at a higher risk of cyber attack.
A Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration audit found that the IRS is learning from past mistakes related to conference spending. But the tax watchdog says the agency can still improve on how it maintains its documents and reports training and events.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen pledged improved customer service, tougher enforcement and stronger cybersecurity for the agency as it looks for $11.8 billion in 2017 funding.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the extra $290 million it got from Congress this year will help the agency improve customer service and identity theft and cybersecurity protections during the upcoming tax filing season. But it still doesn't have enough resources to improve other aspects of the agency's operations.
The IRS has too many varying authentication methods and lacks a service-wide strategy for its growing number of online taxpayer applications, according to a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
In Monday's Federal Headlines, the Department of Homeland Security’s former chief says he doesn't have confidence in the government's ability to screen and vet Syrian refugees looking to enter the U.S.
A shrinking budget amid growing expectations from lawmakers and taxpayers could do serious harm to the Internal Revenue Service, according to an IRS advisory council report.
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has introduced a bill that would exempt the IRS from unionizing. The bill would largely affect the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents nearly 90,000 IRS employees.
Congress came out swinging last week, with some lawmakers calling on the IRS chief's impeachment, while House Republicans passed a bill that would give private debt collectors some of the responsibilities currently held by the tax agency. Report cards were also issued from Capitol Hill, and there was a lot of red.
The resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen won't pass a House vote, said Bill Cowden, an attorney with the Federal Practice Group and former senior trial attorney for the Justice Department.
Is Koskinen a cover-up crook, a bag man for the Obama administration or an honest guy simply trying to clean up a scandal?
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), and 18 other members of his committee, introduced a resolution calling for IRS Commissioner John Koskinen's impeachment. Koskinen said his agency has made some progress in improving accountability and communication in the wake of IRS scandals.