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internal revenue service employees are resigning and retiring in droves, leaving the agency increasingly powerless to fulfill its mandate as the nation’s tax collector.
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like every other problem the irs has, inadequate staffing is fundamentally caused by inadequate funding. as the irs budget declined by 20 percent between 2010 and 2021, staffing declined by about the same percentage, dropping from 94,711 full-time positions to just 75,773. meanwhile, of course, the number of taxpayers increased.