February 10, 1998
IRS Seeks Proposals for More
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service is seeking industry
proposals on ways to increase the number of electronic transactions.
Such proposals should address enhancements and modifications of the
IRS Electronic Tax Administration programs. Offerors should submit a
summary of their proposals by February 24.
The final Request for Proposals (RFP) expands the draft RFP
issued last fall. In addition to seeking ideas on electronic
transactions related to individual tax returns, the IRS is accepting
proposals for employment, partnership and fiduciary returns.
While expanding the number of programs for consideration, the
IRS is limiting the scope to pilot efforts in 1999. This will give
offerors a wide latitude to propose creative solutions which can be
quality tested before being implemented nationwide. In evaluating
the proposals, the IRS will focus on customer satisfaction,
including that of taxpayers and tax preparers.
As a result of comments on the draft RFP, the IRS will not
pursue cash subsidies to the private sector for increasing the
volume of electronic returns. However, the IRS has signed several
non-monetary partnership agreements for the current filing season
and is seeking such agreement proposals by February 17 for the 1999
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