The IRS Is Hiring 700 While Corporations Are Substantially Laying Off
The Internal Revenue Service is on a hiring spree, just as several well-known companies have announced thousands of layoffs over the last few weeks.
The IRS said Wednesday it is looking to hire more than 700 new workers to fill positions at taxpayer assistance centers across the nation. Those new hires are funded by the Inflation Reduction Act that President Biden signed into law this year – the law appropriated nearly $80 billion that the IRS can use over the next decade to hire staff.
Republicans have warned the new law will let the IRS hire tens of thousands of auditors that could make life miserable for middle-class taxpayers. But officials with the agency say they’re only hiring customer service representatives, not auditors.
“We understand that times are tough for American families and businesses, and we want to do everything we can to help them navigate through our tax system,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “That’s why we’re increasing our staffing at taxpayer assistance centers nationwide. We want to provide quality assistance and ensure that taxpayers have access to all of the resources they need.”
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