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Inflation Reduction Act Passes House With Funding to Modernize IRS IT

The Inflation Reduction Act, which passed the Senate recently and has now passed the House with a 220-207 majority, sets out $80 billion for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), part of which would be used to modernize its IT systems and boost cybercrime investigations.

The Act is expected to be signed into law by President Biden imminently. It has been subject to amendments including dilution on some of Biden’s earlier climate goals in order to attract enough Democratic support. Republicans are united against the Act. It still packs a punch though and will be a step forward in America’s climate resilience program as well as addressing inflation, healthcare costs and corporate taxation. 

The IRS funding allows for $25.3 billion for “operations support” and $4.8 billion for “business system modernization”. In 2019, the IRS released a plan to upgrade the business systems it uses to administer taxpayer services, operations, and cybersecurity. It received $1billion in IT modernization funding under the American Rescue Plan Act last year and $275 million for modernization planning from the fiscal year 2022 budget. These additional Inflation Reduction Act funds, to be provided over a decade, could further enhance the IRS’ modernization plan with key investment in new technologies and systems after years of reliance on outdated legacy systems.

Kylie Bielby
Kylie Bielby
Kylie Bielby has more than 20 years' experience in reporting and editing a wide range of security topics, covering geopolitical and policy analysis to international and country-specific trends and events. Before joining GTSC's Homeland Security Today staff, she was an editor and contributor for Jane's, and a columnist and managing editor for security and counter-terror publications.

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