IRS considering practitioner division

Written on Jul 15, 2019

Following the urging of OSCPA, the AICPA and others in the accounting profession for the creation of a new IRS division focused on the tax practitioner community, agency Commissioner Charles Rettig last week said he’s considering just such a move.

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 if the agency can accomplish this while balancing its other priorities, it will do so. A former tax practitioner himself, the commissioner said he has received proposals from outside of the IRS for how such a division might work.

OSCPA Government Relations VP Barbara Benton, CAE, said the division was one of the issues The Ohio Society discussed with lawmakers in the spring during its annual “fly-in” visits to Washington, D.C. The AICPA raised the idea of a “practitioner services” division in an April 2018 letter to lawmakers.

Rettig told Bloomberg 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 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.

 

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