IRS scores year-end funding boost

by Naomi Jagoda  |  published on December 21, 2015

The spending bill that President Obama signed into law on Friday provides an increase in funding to the Internal Revenue Service, a rare win for an agency that has been on the outs with congressional Republicans.

The $1.1 trillion omnibus provides an additional $290 million for the IRS, an increase of 3 percent over the last fiscal year.

Lawmakers specified that the additional funding is to be used for “taxpayer services to ensure that the agency responds to taxpayer questions in a timely manner, and to improve fraud detection and prevention and cybersecurity,” according to a summary from Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee.

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