The Internal Revenue Service needs to do better at enabling its frontline employees to identify potentially dangerous tax practitioners, according to a new government report that found at least 84 taxpayer representatives who represented a threat to IRS employees and at least two instances of physical assault.
The report, from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, noted that the IRS has approximately 25,000 employees who have direct contact with taxpayers and their representatives. It acknowledged that employee safety is a top priority for the IRS. The IRS has programs in place to help protect employees when interacting with individuals who are known to be violent, abusive, or pose some other type of danger.
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