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IRS Commissioner Considering Practitioner Services Division

July 16, 2019

This past May, at the conclusion of the American Institute of CPAs' (AICPA) Spring Meeting of Council, several hundred CPAs from across the nation, including VSCPA members, met with Members of Congress to ask for their support of consolidating existing Internal Revenue Service (IRS) units into a Practitioner Services Division so that taxpayer issues are more efficiently resolved. Last week, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said last week he’s considering creation of a new division in the agency focused on the needs of the tax practitioner community.

Speaking at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum on July 9, Rettig said the agency will create that division if it can accomplish it while balancing its other priorities.The VSCPA and numerous other accounting organizations had sent letters to lawmakers in April urging them to create such an arm. The IRS is undergoing many changes as a result of recent legislation, including the IRS Modernization Act and the Taxpayer First Act of 2019, recently signed by President Donald Trump. The VSCPA and AICPA's efforts on Capitol Hill to encourage the administrative creation of the Practitioner Services Division has raised awareness. The VSCPA encourages Congress to support the creation of the Practitioner Services Division through administrative means.