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Emily Kopp, Reporter, Federal News Radio

The IRS has stretched its budget enough to render furloughs unnecessary. That's according to Commissioner John Koskinen. He tells members of the House Appropriations Committee, the agency has made other tough choices, including freezing all hiring and overtime. Now he's asking Congress for a big boost next year. How'd that go over? Reporter Emily Kopp joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , IRS , furloughs , workforce

Thursday - 03/19/2015, 09:17am EDT
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No furloughs, but IRS faces hard road ahead

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen says the agency won't have to shut down for two days this fiscal year, as he earlier had warned employees. The IRS can make its current budget last until September because of other cuts it has made, he said.

Tags: IRS , House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Ser , budget 2016 , Emily Kopp

Wednesday - 03/18/2015, 04:35pm EDT

Budget constraints set to fix IRS having opposite effect, experts say

The strict budget constraints placed on the Internal Revenue Service are crippling efforts to conduct the most basic levels of public service, said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

Tags: IRS , budget , Hal Rogers , House , House Oversight and Goverment Reform Committee , National Taxpayer Advocate , Nina Olson , TIGTA , J. Russell George , Sean McCalley

Thursday - 02/26/2015, 05:38pm EST

IRS: Your chances of getting audited lowest in a decade

Budget cuts forced the IRS to reduce the number of tax audits last year to the lowest level in a decade, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday. And the number of audits could be even lower this year.

Tags: IRS , audit , budget

Tuesday - 02/24/2015, 05:40pm EST

Obama budget to fix IRS' service woes, says commissioner

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen wants to get his agency to a point where Americans can make all their tax transactions online, and told the Senate Finance Committee that it needs funding close to what President Barack Obama has proposed.

Tags: IRS , budget , Congress , Senate Finance Committee , Senate , Jory Heckman

Wednesday - 02/04/2015, 12:26pm EST

Koskinen: Furloughs possible for IRS employees

Employees at the Internal Revenue Service may face two days of furloughs before the end of the fiscal year. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen detailed stark budget realities in an agency-wide e-mail to employees.

Tags: IRS , budget , workforce , furloughs , Sean McCalley

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 06:03pm EST

Don't blame the IRS for reduced services this year, says NTEU president

Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, says with fewer employees to answer phones at the IRS, she understands taxpayers' frustrations about filing questions going unanswered, but adds that the agency isn't any happier with its marching orders from Congress and the White House.

Tags: IRS , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , Mike Causey , Jory Heckman , budget , workforce , Your Turn

Friday - 01/09/2015, 12:06pm EST
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Koskinen: IRS faces tough FY 2015 with budget, workforce woes

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said the agency is between a rock and a hard place in finding thanks to budget cuts.

Tags: IRS , performance pay , pay and benefits , budget , Francis Rose , In Depth , workforce , hiring freeze

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 11:41am EST
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John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Today, 13,000 fewer employees work for the Internal Revenue Service than in 2010. The agency's budget is also down about 10 percent since then. John Koskinen, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, says his agency is facing major financial and staffing challenges. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about his plans to keep the IRS running.

Tags: IRS , Francis Rose , In Depth , budget , management , workforce

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:37pm EST
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IRS imposes hiring freeze, eliminates overtime to deal with budget cuts

Budget cuts are forcing the IRS to impose a hiring freeze, except for emergencies, and eliminate almost all overtime. Commissioner John Koskinen said the cuts could also delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts.

Tags: IRS , tax refund , budget , Congress , hiring freeze , Associated Press , overtime , workforce

Friday - 12/19/2014, 05:04am EST
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