The IRS is patting itself on the back today in announcing the closing of 43 small offices, which will save more than $40 million.
“Given today’s tight budget environment, we have to be willing to make the tough but responsible calls to save taxpayer dollars,” IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said in a recent news release..
Tough? Hardly. None of the people at the offices are going to his/her job. In fact, many of them are going to be allowed to telecommute now.
In its fiscal year 2013 budget request, the administration requested an 8-percent funding increase for the IRS.
The amount of money being saved by the IRS is the equivalent of the average U.S. household saving $14.67.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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