AICPA Statement on Markup of Bills to Reorganize the IRS

April 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. (April 11, 2018) – The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has issued the following statement by AICPA Vice President of Taxation Edward S. Karl, CPA, CGMA, on the markup today by the House Ways and Means Committee on legislation to reorganize the Internal Revenue Service (IRS):

“The AICPA applauds the Ways and Means Committee for its efforts to modernize the IRS to meet taxpayers’ needs.  Chairman Lynn Jenkins’ and Ranking Member John Lewis’ leadership on The Taxpayer First Act is a step in the right direction to redesign and modernize the IRS.  As practitioners who serve millions of taxpayers on tax-related matters, assist them with compliance-related matters, and represent them before the IRS, we strongly support efforts to ensure a service-oriented, modernized tax administration system and believe the bills are an important move forward.

“Last year, the AICPA and a coalition of the IRS’s most significant stakeholders joined together to provide recommendations on ways to achieve a modern functioning IRS for the 21st Century.  The recommendations focused on increasing IRS governance and oversight, improving taxpayer services, and creating a practitioner services unit to better facilitate practitioner and taxpayer interactions with the Service.  While some of the recommendations are not before the Committee today, we hope that the Committee will consider these and other proposals as it continues its efforts in ensuring that the agency serves the needs of both taxpayers and practitioners in a timely and efficient manner.

“We are committed to creating a tax administration system that earns the respect and appreciation of all taxpayers and stakeholders and look forward to continuing to work with the Committee on these efforts.”