Taxpayers around the country are encountering longer wait times on IRS phone lines and at Taxpayer Assistance Centers due to budget cuts at the agency.

This year, the agency’s budget was cut by over $330 million, resulting in a decline in IRS staffing of approximately 5,000 employees. One result of these cuts is a reduction in the number of daily hours telephone assistance is available to taxpayers, falling from 15 to 12.

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