Recognizing that risk is inherent to the operations of any organization, the IRS actively identifies and manages risks to the nation’s tax administration system, with a focus on those that affect taxpayer data and the IRS mission and vision. As a large, complex, public-facing organization, the IRS acknowledges it must sometimes accept risk and uses thoughtful analysis to determine the level of risk it is willing to accept. The IRS is committed to preventing and mitigating risk exposure, particularly in areas that could affect our ability to:

  • Administer the tax law fairly and with integrity,
  • Protect taxpayer rights,
  • Safeguard taxpayer data,
  • Serve as a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars and
  • Provide an inclusive, safe and secure workplace.

Each IRS employee plays an important role in supporting the identification and management of risk.

We recognize many emerging trends that offer challenges and opportunities for how the IRS operates, including:

  • Changes in the taxpaying public and their expectations,
  • Technological disruptions,
  • Shifts in our workforce,
  • An increasingly globalized and interconnected world and
  • Changes in tax law.

These trends are discussed under each Strategic Goal.