Q: Does the IRS need more money to better serve taxpayers?
A: From my assignment on the Senate Finance Committee, which has legislative and oversight jurisdiction over the Internal Revenue Service, the IRS for years has come to Congress asking for more money to do its job. As with any federal agency, the IRS often attributes poor performance to under-funding. But wasteful employee conferences and a reluctance to embrace whistleblowers who expose tax fraud are examples of how the agency could and should do more with its existing resources before seeking more money. I’ll continue to look for ways to improve customer service at the IRS and ensure the agency offers the most bang for the taxpayers’ buck.