“Having that as one of the prongs in regards to their recruitment and retention strategy, I think it’s critical,” he said.

Hylton also noted that there is currently a labor shortage in the accounting industry, which could be a challenge for the IRS. He said the IRS could look at recruiting in areas of the country with higher unemployment rates.

Kovacev said the IRS can gain a wealth of knowledge from hiring people from law and accounting firms who will ultimately return to private practice.

“Then the IRS is able to keep current on trends in the private sector from what they’re own employees are telling them from their own experience, not just what they’re seeing in audits or reading in the newspaper,” he said.