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GAO Report: IRS Must Do a Better Job Managing Employees

 

According to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) needs to do a better job of managing its employees in the wake of budget cuts that have forced the IRS to reduce tax audits. Fewer individual and corporate tax returns have been audited in recent years because of reduced IRS resources and the challenges of implementing new tax laws. Even though lawmakers voted to increase the IRS’s budget to deal with implementing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) last year, billions of dollars in taxes still go unpaid every year. Enforcing tax laws, the GAO noted, is a high-risk area that’s critical to promoting voluntary compliance and collecting unpaid taxes. Read the report (PDF) at the GAO website.