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The IRS performs two core functions of government: enforcing the nation’s tax laws and helping taxpayers navigate a tax system that relies on voluntary compliance.

We work to ensure that the IRS has sufficient resources to perform its fundamental tasks so everyone pays the taxes they owe.

IRS Stimulus Glitches Show Cost of Earlier Cuts

IRS workers deserve tremendous credit for delivering — in just weeks — 88 million stimulus payments during a pandemic. But the IRS’ challenges in doing so make clear that years of ill-advised...

High Cost of IRS Cuts: Weakened Tax Enforcement

The IRS didn’t collect billions of unpaid employment taxes due to inadequate funding for a key compliance program, a new report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)...