Daily Tax Update - April 27, 2009

IRS RELEASES STRATEGIC PLAN:  Today, the IRS released its 5-year plan for the direction of the agency. IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said, “Our first goal is to improve service to taxpayers to make voluntary compliance easier. We will work harder to incorporate taxpayer perspectives, expedite resolution of taxpayer issues, and provide timely guidance to help all taxpayers pay their fair share of taxes. We will also strengthen our partnerships with tax practitioners, preparers, and other third parties in the system. Our second and equally important goal is to enforce the law to ensure everyone meets their obligation to pay taxes. We will be timely in our enforcement actions and expand the approaches and tools we use in compliance activities. We will meet the challenges of globalization by improving our expertise and coordinating better with international organizations.” Shulman added, “We need to excel at both service and enforcement to meet our mission: it isn’t an either/or proposition. To succeed, we will support these goals by investing in two strategic foundations – our people and our technology. We will strive to make the IRS the best place to work in government. We will give our people the technology they need to improve efficiency; ensure privacy and security of data; and target the highest-risk areas of tax abuse and fraud.” 

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