USA Today: Budget cuts weaken IRS operations

Budget cuts are taking a taxpayer-unfriendly toll on the federal agency Americans love to hate, a new report says.

Lower IRS budget funding and collection resources have led to declines in taxpayer service, tax case closures and collections of overdue federal taxes, according to a report Wednesday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

The IRS’ annual budget was cut by more than $1.2 billion between federal fiscal years 2010 and 2015, the report said.

During that period, budget reductions and reassignments resulted in a 21% reduction of Automated Collection Service representatives, and a 28% decline in Field Collection revenue officers, staffers who pursue non-payment cases, the report said.

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