The Internal Revenue Service's tax-exempt bond office is launching a nationwide hunt to substantially boost the number of its field revenue agents and tax law specialists to deal with increasing compliance and regulatory matters, especially those brought on by the economic stimulus package enacted earlier this week.

Clifford Gannett, director of the tax-exempt bond office, said yesterday that TEB is seeking 19 to 21 new field revenue agents, as well as six to eight tax law specialists. These hires will supplement the office's current 68 employees, which include "approximately forty or so" revenue agents conducting audits in the field.

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