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The zombie myth influencing the House agenda is “87,000 IRS agents.”

On a party-line vote, House strips $71 billion in funding from the Internal Revenue Service. It has no chance of passage in Senate, and President Biden has promised a veto. One major problem is that the IRS doesn’t have enough experienced revenue agents who can tackle complex tax returns. The IRS has about 79,000 employees, down from about 95,000 in fiscal year 2012. But the new hiring does not mean the agency’s staff will double, as some claimed. Treasury officials say that because of attrition, the size of the agency should only grow 25 to 30 percent.