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How Do IRS Budget Cuts Affect Taxpayers and the Tax System?

Featuring John Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Congress has been reducing the budget of the Internal Revenue Service even as the IRS workload keeps increasing. How do IRS budget cuts affect the ability of honest taxpayers to comply with the law and the ability of the IRS to enforce the law? What can the IRS do to meet its responsibilities within tighter budget constraints? Can reliance on technology improve enforcement and taxpayer service, and what are the potential drawbacks of substituting automated systems for personnel?

On Wednesday, April 8, the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center hosted IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who summarized the effects of budget cuts and how the IRS is responding. Following the commissioner’s remarks, a panel of experts further explored the consequences of and potential responses to budget cuts. 

Watch the live webcast and join the conversation on Twitter at #IRS.



  • Ted Gayer, Vice President and Director, Economic Studies, Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Keynote Speaker

  • John ​Koskinen, Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

  • Moderator: Howard Gleckman, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Rosemary Marcuss, Director of Research, Analysis, and Statistics, Internal Revenue Service
  • Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service
  • Eric Toder, Co-Director, Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • David Williams, Chief Tax Officer, Intuit Inc.


Date & Time Wednesday, April 8, 2015
1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036
, DC , 20036
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  • Senior Fellow
    Consultant and Editor, TaxVox Blog
  • Institute Fellow
    Codirector, Tax Policy Center