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April 1999

Editor: Scott Gottlieb, CPA
Assistant editor: Susan A. Maffetone, CPA



The IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 is a reaction to the widespread disillusionment with the tax system, as documented during the fall 1997 Senate Finance Committee hearings on abuses by the IRS. The 1998 act contains both IRS reforms and expanded taxpayer rights.

IRS reforms include the following:

* A new mission statement to focus on taxpayer services.

* An Oversight Board will be created.

* Enhanced responsibilities for the National Taxpayer Advocate.

* Employee evaluations will stress individual accountability.

Expanded taxpayer rights include:

* Financial status audits will be limited.

* Five-year terms for IRS Commissioners.

The burden of proof will shift to the IRS in certain situations.

* A confidentiality privilege extended to all practitioners authorized before the IRS for tax advice.

* Expanded innocent spouse relief.

* Interest and penalty provisions made more favorable to taxpayers.

* Easier access to IRS.

* Procedural safeguards for audits and collections.

Take at look at some of these web sites regarding IRS concerns

Trac IRS
IRS Reform National Commission

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