We predict President Biden’s vaccine mandates will hurt the IRS staffing initiatives. Biden is demanding Federal employees be innoculated or tested weekly. According to Reuters, the National Treasury Employees’ Union, which represents 150,000 federal workers, said on Thursday the government has the “legal right” to require employees to be immunized for COVID-19, suggesting it will accept President Biden’s vaccine mandate.
The executive order the White House released making vaccination a condition of employment for federal employees is a step the government, as an employer, has the legal right to take,” union President Tony Reardon said in a statement.
The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) plans to take enforcement actions against private companies that do not comply with the vaccine mandate, with substantial fines of nearly $14,000 per violation.
While all these mandate enforcement initiatives are put in place, we predict an increase in retirements at the IRS due to government employees who desire to make their own personal choices regarding the vaccine mandate. Trained tax professionals will leave the IRS and go out to start their small tax business practices.
In order to see the IRS current tax staffing needs you will need to go to USAJOBS site. As of this post, there are 720 tax jobs listed on the government site. We predict the number of open IRS tax jobs will increase with a forced government vaccine mandate.
Post Written By Kat Jennings, TaxConnections CEO
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