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IRS Budget Slashed Once Again

An early draft of a fiscal 2017 appropriations bill has passed through the House Appropriations’ subcommittee on financial services and general government with massive cuts to the IRS’ budget.

The bill would reduce funding by $236 million below the FY 2016 budget – $1.28 billion less than what was proposed by the President for FY 2017.

“These cuts have a big impact on the quality of service the IRS provides to taxpayers and practitioners,” said Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee.

In a letter to the committee, Thomas Burger, Executive Director of the Professional Managers Association (PMA) addressed the significance of the cuts:

“The IRS is not mandated by law to provide taxpayer assistance, staff call or walk-in centers, travel to conduct field examinations, or process millions of correspondence examinations. These are the critical taxpayer services that have been, and will continue to be, most affected by the IRS budget cuts in excess of $1 billion that have been approved by Congress in recent years. This is not sustainable, and cuts to the IRS budget directly impact your constituents.”

The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), also sounded off on the cuts in a letter from their president Tony Reardon:

“IRS employees around the country continue to work diligently despite seeing their workloads increase and the resources to do their jobs shrink dramatically. The additional cuts proposed in the bill cannot be absorbed without further degrading IRS’ ability to provide critical taxpayer services and enforce the nation’s tax laws.”

Posted in From the Hill

Tags: IRS, Internal Revenue Service, IRS reform

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