The Internal Revenue Service is getting set for the opening of the 2016 individual income tax-filing season on January 19, promising improved taxpayer service and security, and a functioning Practitioner Priority Line, thanks to a funding boost from Congress.

“The increase in our budget is an important development for the IRS and for taxpayers, and is the first time in six years that we received any significant additional funding,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen during a conference call with reporters Thursday. “While this is very good news for the IRS and its employees, it’s important to put this funding in perspective. The $290 million will help us address three areas of high priority for us: taxpayer service, identity theft and cybersecurity.”

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