The IRS will soon expand its enforcement staff by at least 600 and possibly 700, with the aim of targeting high-profile areas such as international tax issues, refund fraud and identity theft, Commissioner John Koskinen said.
The move is the first significant enforcement hiring in more than five years and it is “a good development for our tax system,” Koskinen said in a May 3 internal message to the Internal Revenue Service workforce.
The action is critical after years of job losses throughout the agency and broad funding cuts by Congress, Koskinen told employees. Funding for the IRS is down by more than $900 million since 2010, but its current employees managed to pull off efficiencies that helped make the hiring possible, he said.
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