The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is set to hire 30,000 new staff members over the next two years as it deploys a new $80 billion investment plan that is aimed at improving both tax enforcement and customer service, the tax agency confirmed on Thursday.
Called the Strategic Operating Plan, the plan will involve the deployment of at least $8.64 billion in funds over the 2023 and 2024 fiscal years, during which time 8,782 new jobs are expected to be added.
U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo told reporters that “the IRS is going to hire more data scientists than they ever have for enforcement purposes.” These employees would assist traditional tax attorneys and revenue agents in identifying audit targets through the use of data analytics.
According to the 148-page Strategic Operating Plan, the IRS will hire 13,883 full-time staff over the next two-year period. This includes over 4,700 enforcement staff.