The tough decisions

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.