IRS Staff Cuts Impede Progress on Appeals Backlog, GAO Finds

Government Executive | October 25, 2018

The Office of Appeals at the Internal Revenue Service handles some of the most complex tax cases. But staff cutbacks and an anticipated retirement wave threaten its ability to perform timely decision making of the caliber that is the taxpayer’s right, according to a Government Accountability Office report. Appeals staffing levels have shrunk by nearly 40 percent, from 2,172 in fiscal 2010 to 1,345 in 2017, said the report released on Oct. 22 and addressed to the chairmen of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance panels.  One impact on the remaining staff is that “the IRS does not monitor the timeliness of all incoming appeal requests and Appeals does not communicate total resolution times to taxpayers,” auditors wrote.

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Inca Digital | September 26, 2022

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KRAKEN ROBOTICS | September 13, 2022

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Leidos | September 22, 2022

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