Washington (July 29, 2004) -- The Internal Revenue Service said that it will appeal a decision by a federal arbitrator that the agency cannot raise the accounting qualifications for newly hired revenue agents.

On July 9, an arbitrator ruled that the IRS cannot raise the number of required accounting credit hours from 24 to 30. IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson raised concerns that the decision, if upheld, will hurt the agency’s increased enforcement efforts against abusive tax shelters and other problem areas.

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