The Fiscal Year 2015 Budget proposal is a critical step forward in order for us to improve vital taxpayer services and enforcement efforts. Funding the IRS at this level will be a good investment for the nation, helping taxpayers get the service they need and strengthening compliance efforts in key areas, including identity theft, refund fraud and offshore compliance. Every dollar invested in IRS enforcement provides a strong return on investment in revenue collection, plus an added protection in deterring potential fraud. It also halts the decline in key enforcement personnel, and allows the agency to again invest in necessary basic infrastructure and training. In the meantime, we continue looking for more efficiencies to get the most out of every dollar of the budget.
The Fiscal Year 2015 Budget will put a stop to significant declines in taxpayer service over the past four years. We are doing everything we can to maximize our services with our current resources, and IRS employees are working hard to minimize delays and deliver as much service as possible. However, it’s clear we need to do more to help taxpayers, and the proposed seven percent increase for taxpayer services will be a big help.