Section 6 of the IRS 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 left shows number of full-time equivalent (FTE) positions for fiscal years 2014 through 2019, with a decrease of more than 14 percent since 2014. Fiscal year (FY) 2019 reported nearly the same number of FTE positions as FY 2018. Graphic on right shows the IRS total operating cost for FY 2010 through 2019. The IRS has had a drop in operating cost since FY 2010. Adjusted for inflation, FY 2019 reported the lowest operating cost in the past 10 years, with funding slightly lower than in FY 2018.

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Highlights of the Data

  • IRS’s actual expenditures were $11.8 billion for overall operations in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, up from about $11.7 billion in FY 2017 (Table 30 (XLSX)).
  • In FY 2019, the IRS used 73,554 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions in conducting its work, a decrease of 14.4 percent since FY 2014 (Table 32 (XLSX)).
  • Women represented 65.1 percent of IRS and Chief Counsel personnel, compared to 44.1 percent of the overall civilian labor force (Table 33 (XLSX)).

Index of Data Book Tables

IRS Budget & Workforce: Tables 30–33

Table 30: Costs Incurred by Budget Activity, Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 (XLSX)
Table 31: Collections, Costs, Personnel, and U.S. Population, Fiscal Years 1990–2019 (XLS)
Table 32: Personnel Summary, by Employment Status, Budget Activity, and Selected Personnel Type, Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 (XLSX)
Table 33: Internal Revenue Service and Chief Counsel Labor Force, Compared to National Totals for Federal and Civilian Labor Forces, by Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Disability, and Veteran Status, Fiscal Year 2019 (XLSX)

Data for all years


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