The Internal Revenue Service vowed to appeal a decision by a federal arbitrator that the agency cannot raise the accounting qualifications for newly hired revenue agents from 24 to 30 hours.

"To protect the public's interest, American taxpayers deserve someone with the equivalent of a college accounting degree conducting IRS audits," said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson in response to the July 9 ruling that the IRS cannot increase the number of hours of accounting coursework required of candidates for the position of revenue agent.

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