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GOP’s IRS funding cut would hurt customer service goals

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen outlines the improvements the IRS will deliver to taxpayers in 2024, during remarks at IRS Headquarters in Washington on Nov. 7, 2023.

Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

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Yellen’s speech comes less than one week after the Republican-led House passed a bill to provide $14.3 billion in aid to Israel paired with equal cuts to IRS funding championed by newly-elected Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La.

It’s the second time House Republicans voted to strip IRS funding in 2023, largely seen as political messaging without support from the Democrat-controlled Senate. The new bill would add $26.8 billion to the U.S. budget deficit,¬†according to a Congressional Budget Office report.

“Playing politics with IRS funding is unacceptable,” Yellen said. “Cutting it would be damaging and irresponsible.”

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