On April 3, 2017, Sen. Orrin Hatch, along with Sen. Ron Wyden and House Committee Members on Ways & Means, Kevin Brady and Richard E. Neal issued a letter containing the framework for ensuring a modern-functioning IRS for the 21st Century. This framework was developed by a committee that included UACPA Members Troy K. Lewis and W. Val Oveson.
Any effort to modernize the business practices and technology of the IRS should build on the foundation established by the Report of the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service (report released June 25, 1997).
As part of Congressional oversight, we recommend re-establishing the annual joint hearing review. The Joint Committee on Taxation should provide a bi-annual report on the overall state of the Federal tax system.
The GAO should review the IRS Oversight Board and determine if it is an essential component to allow the IRS to become a respected, service-oriented organization.
We recommend enabling and encouraging the IRS to utilize the full range of available authorities to hire and compensate qualified and experienced professionals from the private sector, as needed, to improve the Service’s ability to meet its mission.
The legislative and executive branches should determine the appropriate level of service and compliance they want the IRS accountable to provide and then dedicate appropriate resources for the agency to meet those goals.