Sending Office: Honorable Thomas R. Suozzi
Sent By:
Conor.Walsh@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Current signers: Armstrong, Bilirakis, Case, Cisneros, Fitzpatrick, Fleischmann, Flores, V. Gonzalez, Gottheimer, Kinzinger, Lieu, Luetkemeyer, Marshall, McKinley, Murphy, Price, Reschenthaler, Riggleman, Ruppersberger, Schneider, Steube, G. Thompson,
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Please sign bipartisan letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Rettig requesting that the IRS consolidate existing resources into a single practitioner services division

Deadline to sign: Friday, July 26, 2019

 

July 19, 2019

 

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in a bipartisan letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Rettig requesting that the IRS explore the feasibility of consolidating some existing services into a
practitioner services division.  A dedicated practitioner services division will improve service to practitioners and the more than fifty percent of all taxpayers they serve.

Tax practitioners advise taxpayers of all income levels on a myriad of tax matters, assist them with compliance responsibilities, and represent them before the IRS. Unfortunately, the current services for practitioners is spread throughout the IRS. A dedicated
practitioner services division would help break through bureaucracy and ensure that all represented taxpayers receive the assistance they need and minimize duplication of services. A more responsive and efficient system will benefit both the IRS and the millions
of taxpayers served by the practitioner community.

On April 18, 2019, the IRS announced a multi-year plan, IRS Integrated Modernization Business Plan, to modernize its IT systems to deliver quality service to taxpayers while keeping taxpayer data safe.  The plan focuses on taxpayer experience and
services, enforcement, and modernized IRS operations.  A dedicated practitioner services division would complement the goals of the modernization plan by leveraging existing resources while providing systemic issue resolution and better business practices. 

The goal of sending a bipartisan letter to Secretary Mnuchin and Commissioner Rettig is to urge the IRS to prioritize a dedicated practitioner services division, which will holistically improve the taxpayer experience.

Please join us in supporting taxpayers and their representatives by signing the letter below.  To sign on to this letter or for more information, please contact Conor Walsh in Rep. Suozzi’s office at (202) 225-3335 or
Conor.Walsh@mail.house.gov; or Elle Collins in Rep. Rice’s office at (202) 225-9895 or
Elle.Collins@mail.house.gov.  The deadline to add your name to this letter is Friday, July 26, 2019.

 

Sincerely,

 

Thomas R. Suozzi                                                       Tom Rice

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

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July 26, 2019

 

 

The Honorable Steven T. Mnuchin                            The Honorable Charles P. Rettig

Secretary                                                                     Commissioner            

Department of the Treasury                                        Internal Revenue Service

1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW                                1111 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20220                                              Washington, DC  20224

 

 

Dear Secretary Mnuchin and Commissioner Rettig:

 

As you move forward with the IRS Integrated Modernization Business Plan (issued on April 18, 2019), the IRS should consider the consolidation of existing tax practitioner services into a dedicated practitioner services division to ensure that all
represented taxpayers receive the assistance they need and to minimize duplication of services.  These modernization steps will instill trust in the tax administration system while improving both customer service and voluntary compliance.    

 

Over half of all taxpayers choose tax preparers to advise them on tax matters, assist them with compliance responsibilities, or represent them before the IRS.  As you move forward with this plan, we encourage you to proactively engage and collaborate with
the tax practitioner community to improve tax administration.  

 

Currently, the IRS practitioner-impacting operations, programs, processes and tools are dispersed and do not enable practitioners to timely access critical information on behalf of taxpayers.  Nor do the current teams or processes systematically solicit,
gather or evaluate practitioner feedback.  Creating a dedicated practitioner services division will enhance and centrally manage the current programs to efficiently resolve taxpayer issues and ultimately improve the taxpayer experience.

 

We support your efforts to modernize the IRS with an eye toward customer satisfaction.  Together, it is our shared goal to deliver a taxpayer experience that is distinguished by a transparent and proactive interaction between the IRS, taxpayers and their
tax preparers.  With this goal in mind, we urge you to consolidate the current practitioner services into a single practitioner services division, which would not only benefit practitioners but the millions of taxpayers they serve.

 

We look forward to hearing back from you on this important issue. 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Thomas R. Suozzi                                                       Tom Rice

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

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