AICPA Offers Suggestions to Lawmakers about Proposal to Redesign the IRS

The AICPA offered suggestions to lawmakers on the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight about a discussion draft, the Taxpayer First Act, to redesign the IRS.

“We are committed to supporting Congress in its efforts to ensure a service-oriented, modernized tax administration and appreciate the opportunity to provide comments,” says Annette Nellen, chair of the AICPA tax executive committee.

“The AICPA firmly thinks that creating a practitioner services division and the regulation of tax return preparers will make a substantial difference in taxpayer awareness, confidence and compliance, thereby instilling trust in the tax administration system as a modern functioning IRS of the 21st century,” Nellen says.

Nellen commended provisions in the discussion draft “that seek a fair and efficient interaction with the IRS.” As examples, she cited the provisions that would codify the IRS independent office of appeals and that would provide clarity of equitable relief from joint liability.

Nellen urged the subcommittee, “to seek active engagement of taxpayers and their practitioners in the development of the IRS strategies and comprehensive plans.”