The head of the union representing IRS employees said on January 14 that the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill House and Senate negotiators unveiled Monday night for the balance of fiscal year 2014 does not do enough to help the underfunded IRS.
Maybe IRS agents checked their pockets and discovered some money they didn't know they had. At any rate, the IRS has announced it is canceling the furlough day initially scheduled for July 22. The offices will be open and fully staffed after all.
If certain Republican lawmakers have their way, the IRS will have less of the taxpayers' money to play around with. A new budget proposal would limit the IRS budget to $9 billion – a reduction of 24 percent.
The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), the union that represents the IRS workforce, said IRS budget cutting is hurting taxpayers, in particular, senior citizens, small business owners, and the victims of identity theft.
While the threat of a government shutdown has been put to rest, NTEU president is still warning Americans that reduced funding embodied in the signed omnibus spending agreement will place an enormous strain on the ability of government agencies to fulfill their critical missions – particularly the IRS.