February 15, 1994
IRS Seeks Input From Tax-Exempt Area
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today asked for public
input in matters related to the tax-exempt area.
IRS encouraged tax-exempt organizations, law and accounting
firms, and other interested groups or individuals to submit drafts
of proposed revenue ruling, plain-language publications, pamphlets,
issue papers or examples of issues that need to be addressed in the
tax-exempt organizations area.
The Service will use these drafts to identify and
prioritize--in partnership with the regulated community--those areas
that require guidance. With a targeted publications program, the
IRS expects such guidance to help reduce taxpayer uncertainty and to
avoid disputes with the IRS.
Recently, James J. McGovern, IRS Assistant Commissioner
(Employee Plans and Exempt Organizations) addressed the Exempt
Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association. In his
speech he identified two major components of a program to collect a
body of guidance that would address the practical issues of today's
- First, the agency needs input from EP/EO agents and national
office specialists who are on the front line administering the law.
In this context, McGovern has asked EP/EO employees nationwide for
their ideas, comments and suggestions on how to improve EP/EO tax
administration and enforcement.
- Second, IRS needs similar input from the regulated community
and its advisors. Exempt sector stakeholders have been asked not
only to identify areas of concern, but also to provide suggested
drafts of revenue ruling or other forms of plain-language
In addition, McGovern noted that he was seeking the help of
umbrella groups and similar kinds of industry associations to draft
plain-language publications that can be targeted to smaller exempt
organizations which cannot afford professional tax advisors.
All taxpayer material submitted for IRS review will be
available for public inspection and photocopying.
Interested parties should send comments and suggestions to:
Assistant Commissioner (Employee Plans and Exempt Organizations)
CP:E, Internal Revenue Service, Room 3408, Washington, DC 20224.
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