Bar News - February 23, 2007
IRS Offers Services To Tax Attorneys
The IRS Stakeholder Liaison offers free resources and contacts to aid tax attorneys in preparing returns and other documents for their clients.
A Practitioner Contact List with IRS resources covering specific areas can be found on the IRS Web site, www.irs.gov. Most questions should be answered by calling the numbers listed, but if additional assistance is needed, the following contacts are also available to local practitioners:
The IRS offers various electronic tax services at www.irs.gov. In addition to e-file for Tax Professionals, the site also offers online e-Services which allows for the submission of powers-of-attorney, resolution of client issues electronically, and instant receipt of return/account transcripts and wage and income documents. New electronic payment options are also available, including the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). Plus, an Electronic IRS section has been added to the Web site to highlight electronic options available to taxpayers and tax professionals.
Go to Tax Pro Events on the Web site to sign up for subscription e-mail, e-News for Tax Professionals, to get the latest IRS news and practitioner-related events in your state and to learn about IRS-sponsored seminars, phone forums, symposiums and more.
Give Feedback to the IRS
Tax practitioners know what works, what doesn’t, and ways to improve practices and procedures. The Stakeholder Liaison established the Issue Management Resolution System (IMRS) to identify nationwide trends in the tax process that may call for changes to IRS processes and procedures. The agency has already implemented suggestions (including a standardized fax sheet) as a direct result of practitioner feedback. Call 203-781-3087 or send an e-mail with your comments to Wendy.W.Campbell@irs.gov.
Also, the IRS Office of Taxpayer Burden Reduction (OTBR) works to simplify forms and publications; streamline policies and procedures; and promote less burdensome legislation. Ideas for reducing taxpayer burden can be submitted on Form 13285A, Reducing Tax Burden on America’s Taxpayers.