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  • Not the same place
    deployed decoy
    Well lightning has been proven to never hit the same place twice. The reason is, it is not the same place after a strike. Just ask the guy on the country clubs 14th hole with burnt bloody teardrops that use to be his eyes. Or in this case an agency with a fraction of the needed manpower to save the USA. Congress is dead set to make every American a ward of the state. How they get the money to do that is going to be interesting... Maybe Striker mounted infantry will replace the IRS. After all the military will need to prove their 1.6% raise this year somehow. There is also the possibility of contracting out to say, Mexican drug cartels, opps sorry, legal immigrants as tax collectors.
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  • Singin' Your Tune
    Fed Lifer
    DD, I could not agree with you more. How the heck are you supposed to collect revenue to fund this great country by shooting the collector in the gut? To Mike’s point, we ARE the whipping boy for Congress. We only do what we are mandated under their direction. I get so frustrated sometimes at the misdirected anger from the taxpayer. Congress and most taxpayers have no clue what it takes to implement changes in the tax code in December when all of the systems and publications are set to “go” on January 1st for the coming filing season. Millions of dollars are wasted because some Congressman or Senator wanted to score points and change a tax law the day after Christmas. There are folks in our immediate workforce working well beyond the minimum retirement age. Most are valuable, productive assets that are critical to our success due to the institutional knowledge and experience they possess. We work very hard to retain the talent we have since we are not allowed to hire and backfill behind those retiring or leaving the agency. Nearly our entire workforce has a minimum bachelor’s degree and many have masters and PhDs. The stereotypical view of a “gub’ment” worker is nowhere to be found in our organization. Perhaps if some members of Congress or the President would get off their thrones and actually see how we rake in 2.3T on a shoestring they just might be inclined to throw us a bone once in awhile.
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  • IRS
    Bud
    If I recall correctly,Obamacare will be enforced by adding more IRS employees,mostly agents.One projection was IRS would double their number of agents for Obamacare(about 12k more people).So why the rush for buyouts now?Maybe agents are excluded from this latest buyout.
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  • IRS
    Linda
    Bud, Examination (Revenue Agents), and Collections (Revenue Officers) are all excepted from the buy outs. The buyouts are going to Analysist, Taxpayer Education and other support staff, no one in the field is getting the offer, although some would take it.............If Congress implements a change in the retirement program, I have heard several who are eligible, but not quite ready to go, will retire before such a change can go into effect.......Yes, many of these are field agents......My office is way under staffed. Congress needs to get a clue, you need to fund the Agency that brings in the money! Not to say IRS hasn't wasted money in the past, and probably will again, but the basis and core jobs remain the same and need to be staffed. I am 51 years old and one of the youngest in my offie. Scary thought huh?
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  • Scary
    Moderate
    You are right. That is scary if you are eligible to retire at 55 or even 62. It takes at least 5 years for a revenue agent, hired directly out of college, to have some real technical and practical smarts. Various entities do not realize this. You can't just plug someone in and expect that person to be really productive unless the definition of productive is to close that case. We do not care how you do it. Just do it. Additionally, when the economy gets better, expect many of the relatively newly hired agents to run away due to the treatment we are getting now. (my opinion only)
    worker
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  • Brain Drain
    Caesar
    The worst part of this whole 'buy out' plan is that those in the agency with the most knowledge are the ones being offered and taking the early out. The public is not well served in this way.
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  • I Don't Think So....
    X-taxman
    Have to disagree with you there, Julius. From my perspective, and that of many others I'm sure, 'analysts' and people in our 'education' department are most definitely NOT our brightest and best, which is why they're in the jobs they have. In most cases, there are reasons why we DON'T want these people to have direct communication with taxpayers! Unfortunately, however, these are the people (will we EVER find out what they actually DO?) that are pulled up for all the wrong reasons to be our new leaders. So I say, the more analysts that take the buyouts, the better off we all are, taxpayers included.
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  • Insanity
    SGT Pepper
    Since March of 2011, I've lost 4 of my agents, my secretary and a clerk all to retirement. No buy-outs for them, just a bunch of fed up Feds. None have been replaced, and none will be for the foreseeable future. I am currently doing my former secretary's job and my former clerk's job. If I have time, I do my job. All those lost in my group with the exception of one agent, were hard working, highly skilled people who would have stayed on for several more years. I now receive daily complaints from my bosses, my remaining employees, taxpayers and CPA's. All focused on how long it's now taking to do our jobs, how long they have to wait to have a conference with me, how long it takes me to turn in this report or that report and so on. I'd like to congratulate Congress and the White House for saving $400,000 in salary and benefits by pushing out half my staff..it's only costing our nation about $10,000,000 in lost revenue. Brilliant, just briliant!
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  • To SGT
    Moderate
    You sound like a front line manager. You have my sympathy. Your job is extremely difficult without your losses. I do not know how you do it.
    worker
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  • Thanks
    SGT Pepper
    Yep, the dreaded front line manager position. Thank you for the kind words! It is hard, but I liked it up until this mess started. Now, not so much. For me, this budget crunch took away my favorite part about being a manager, which is helping to develop and advance my agents into specialty areas or other divisions. They're all good hard working people who care about their jobs and in my book, their salaries are a bargain to this country much like most federal employees.
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