The IRS is hiring revenue agents (auditors), revenue officers (collectors), and special agents (criminal investigators). This has been made public by the IRS, but I attended a joint conference with the IRS last week in which every IRS panelist – from IRS auditor managers to taxpayer advocates to senior IRS attorneys – confirmed the trend in their respective divisions.
Expect enhanced IRS enforcement in the coming years from the increased staffing.
Enforcement hires will be in training first, then be dispatched to the field and mentored by senior personnel. Check out what is available at the IRS website.
Having worked for the IRS as a trial attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel, it is a good place to be – I received great experience there and made many friendships that I still maintain. You may just find that the IRS agents you fear are really not all that bad behind the scenes. Sometimes, they have a job to do.