On November 5 Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel spoke to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants National Tax Conference in the nation's capital.
expressed concern about the budget reductions at the IRS
indicated, "Ultimately there is a budget constraint that we have, and we have to make some tough choices along the way."
noted that the IRS
has already discontinued some services for accountants and other professionals as a result of budget reductions.
From 2010 to 2013, the IRS experienced approximately a $1 billion budget reduction.
The Service reduced staffing by approximately 8,000 employees.
It also attempted to find other efficiencies.
estimates that it saves $60 million per year by reducing print materials and placing employee benefits and compensation information online.
noted that even with these reductions, there now are 3,000 IRS
staff who are in the stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) section.
Last year, the SIRF
department processed 794,000 identity fraud refund cases.
noted, "The progress that the IRS
has made against identity fraud would not have been possible without directing resources away from other enforcement activities and our service programs.
Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel agreed that the TIGTA report highlighted important issues.
has taken several actions in response to the report.