A federal labor board has sided with the Internal Revenue Service in a case over the agency's desire to raise the educational requirements for revenue agents.

The IRS approved the new standards in 1995, increasing the number of college credits required for revenue agents from 24 hours, to 30 hours, and outlining five specific areas of coursework for job applicants. However, budget and staffing cuts prevented the agency from hiring new agents under the guidelines until 2002.

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