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IRS Chief Mulls Creation of a Practitioner Division

July 9, 2019, 8:17 PM

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said he’s considering creation of a new division in the agency focused on the needs of the tax practitioner community.

“I’m aware of it. I’m sensitive to it. And I understand the need for it,” said Rettig, a former longtime tax practitioner himself. He said he has received proposals from outside of the Internal Revenue Service for how such a division might work.

If the agency can accomplish this while balancing its other priorities, it will do so, he said July 9 at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum at Maryland’s National Harbor, outside Washington, D.C.

  • The American Institute of CPAs raised the idea of a “practitioner services” division in an April 2018 letter to lawmakers. The division would be tasked with duties that include acting as a liaison between practitioners and other IRS operating divisions and providing telephone assistance to professionals representing individuals with complex tax problems.
  • Rettig said the IRS will need to factor in budget constraints when considering the idea. He also said a practitioner division would have to be developed in a way that didn’t lessen the access other people have to the IRS.
  • President Donald Trump recently signed the Taxpayer First Act (H.R. 3151), which requires the Treasury secretary or a delegate to submit a written plan to reorganize the agency to Congress by Sept. 30, 2020.

To contact the reporter on this story: Allyson Versprille in Washington at aversprille@bloombergtax.com

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