The IRS has announced (IR-2012-54) the closing of 43 smaller offices and the merging of larger offices over the next two years. The goal is to reduce the amount the service spends on rent. The projected savings will be over $40 million for the next two years and will result in a reduction of 1 million square feet of space (this included recent space reductions)
The 43 offices do not have Taxpayer Assistance Centers and do have less than 25 employees. The IRS is also looking at merging offices within commuting of each other, and more efficient use of the space they have. Little impact to taxpayers is expected from the changes.
I hope that the IRS is just reducing office space and employees are not “downsized” but moved to other offices and/or jobs. The IRS needs more manpower not less.