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Mnuchin says he expects IRS to hire more workers to implement tax law

Mnuchin says he expects IRS to hire more workers to implement tax law
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Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinIMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Trump: Saudi Arabia another case of 'guilty until proven innocent' MORE said Friday that he anticipates that the IRS will add workers to help implement the new tax law.

"This touches every single aspect of the IRS, from technology to processes to forms, and we are speaking with Congress about getting additional funding for the implementation," Mnuchin said at an event hosted by the Economic Club of Washington. "We would expect that we would hire a significant number of people to help with the implementation."

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The IRS's funding level is significantly below where it was in 2010, causing the agency to reduce its workforce by thousands of employees. The agency has estimated that it needs an additional $495 million for fiscal 2018 and 2019 to implement the new law.

Republicans have attacked the agency in recent years for its handling of conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status. But they are also interested in making sure the new law takes effect in a smooth manner.

While Mnuchin expressed an interest in additional IRS hiring to help with implementation, he also said that he thinks that technology could be used more in audits.

"There's something that's called the tax gap, which is the theoretical difference between what we do collect and what we should collect, and we're going to look at using technology to narrow that," he said.