The Internal Revenue Service is facing a troublesome manpower drain, as a whopping average of 16 percent of its total workforce is now leaving the agency each year.The soaring employee turnover rate has raised eyebrows and concerns among members of the IRS Oversight Board, which warned that the tax service is losing a distressingly large number of talented workers who “possess skills and institutional knowledge that are extremely difficult to replace.”

In its annual report on the condition of the IRS, the Oversight Board said that it’s growing deeply concerned about the state of the IRS’s human capital. Noting that the tax service ultimately relies on a very talented, skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated workforce to accomplish its mission at a high level, the report reminded top IRS officials that, “This talented workforce cannot be taken for granted.”

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