Are 87,000 New IRS Agents Coming for Your Tax Dollars?

New IRS agents and IRS audits are in the news because of a GOP pledge to abolish the IRS and repeal $80 billion in funding for the agency.

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Talk of new IRS agents has been in the news since the Inflation Reduction Act allocated $80 billion in increased funding for the IRS over ten years. The idea is that the funds could help improve tax compliance, which could bring in an estimated $203 billion in increased revenue. It’s too early to know the impacts, and a recent debt ceiling agreement claws back some of the IRS funding. But you may have heard some lawmakers say that because of the IRA, an “army” of 87,000 new IRS agents will be coming to audit ordinary taxpayers.

Funding for 87,000 IRS agents

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Kelley R. Taylor
Senior Tax Editor,

As the senior tax editor at, Kelley R. Taylor simplifies federal and state tax information, news, and developments to help empower readers. Kelley has over two decades of experience advising on and covering education, law, finance, and tax as a corporate attorney and business journalist.