IRS Commissioner Sees Need for Practitioner Division

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jul 10, 2019
IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, a former tax practitioner himself, said recently that he has heard stakeholders outside the agency calling for a new division devoted to practitioners, and that he can see the need for one, according to Bloomberg. Speaking during the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, he said that he has already received several proposals for how such a division might work, including from the AICPA. Their proposal said the division would engage with the tax professional community, liaise with all major IRS operating divisions, offer robust practitioner hotlines, create an online tax professional account, and establish a learning consortium. Rettig noted, though, that budget constraints would need to be factored in when considering any idea for the division. 

The timing could be good for such a move, as the recently-signed Taxpayers First Act requires the Treasury secretary or a delegate to submit a written plan to reorganize the agency to Congress by Sept. 30, 2020, said Bloomberg. 

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