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IRS Budget & Workforce

Section 8 of the Data Book provides an overview of IRS budget activities, including taxpayer services, enforcement, operations support, and business systems modernization. The section also includes information on the size and composition of the IRS workforce. 

Graphic on the left shows the number of full-time equivalent positions for fiscal years 2010 through 2015. Fiscal year 2015 reported the lowest number of average positions realized in the past 6 years.

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Highlights of the Data

  • IRS’ actual expenditures for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 were $11.4 billion for overall operations in FY 2015, down from almost $11.6 billion in FY 2014 (Table 28).
  • Taxpayer Services funding, which includes processing for tax returns and related documents, and assistance to taxpayers filing returns and paying taxes due, accounted for $2.2 billion (Table 28).
  • Enforcement funding, which includes the examination of tax returns, collection of balances due, and administrative and judicial settlement of taxpayer appeals of examination findings, represented $4.8 billion. This funding also provided resources to strengthen enforcement aimed at reducing invalid claims and erroneous filings associated with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program (Table 28).
  • Operations Support provides administrative services, policy management, and IRS-wide support. This appropriation also funds staffing, equipment, and related costs used to manage, maintain, and operate critical information systems supporting tax administration. The IRS spent over $4.1 billion in operations support in FY 2015 (Table 28).

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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 04-Apr-2016