The sequester has reared its ugly head at the IRS. The Budget Control Act of 2011will affect the IRS beginning on March 1, 2013. The areas that will be immediately affected will be Whistleblower payments and payments to tax-exempt employers of the refundable portion of the small-employer health insurance expense credit, which will be reduced by 8.7 percent, just to name a few.
Acting Commissioner Steven Miller, last week announced that cuts will require the IRS to force its employees to take unpaid furloughs, but was adamant that these furloughs would not affect the filing season, which is in full swing. Beginning this summer, each employee of the IRS will be subject to five to seven furlough days through the end of the government’s fiscal year which ends September 30th. These furloughs would affect all employees and would amount to no more than one furlough day per pay period. Additional measures for the IRS to cut spending will come in the form of a hiring freeze, reduced funding for grants and other expenditures; and cutting costs for travel, training, facilities and supplies.
The Office of Management and Budget reports that an additional $3 million reduction in spending by the Tax Court, $6 million in cuts to salaries and expenses in the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and $8 million in cuts to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration budget.
The sequestration will also result in a $187 million reduction to grants for specified energy property in lieu of tax credits that were enacted in the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Jobs Creation Act of 2010. These credits were extended by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
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