Staffing Shortfall at APMA Raises Questions About Future Case Closings

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Feb. 20 — The Internal Revenue Service's Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement Program has lost nearly a third of its expert staff—economists and team leaders—since 2013, an IRS official said.

Speaking Feb. 19 on a panel at the Pacific Rim Tax Institute in Palo Alto, Calif., Peter Rock, a senior manager with the APMA, noted that the program currently employs 75 economists and team leaders—down from 92 in 2013, and up from 67 more recently.

“We hired up eight people to get to that 75,” Rock said, “so you are talking a 30 percent drop in personnel, having to reassign those cases, people having to fit them into their inventory and juggle what they have—and then you have new people coming in.”