April 08, 1999
IRS, SBA Join Forces to
Help Small Businesses
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service and Small Business
Administration have teamed up on several new programs designed to help
small businesses handle tax issues.
The new effort includes offering tax forms and publications at SBA
offices and placing IRS experts at several SBA locations, IRS
Commissioner Charles Rossotti and SBA Administrator Aida Alvarez
announced at a Thursday morning press conference.
The programs reflect a growing partnership between the two agencies
aimed at providing timely, convenient tax information for the small
business community. The joint effort will let small businesses get
time-saving assistance from both agencies at one location and help
start-up business owners understand their tax requirements.
�This partnership will make tax help easily accessible to more small
businesses,� Rossotti said. �The ultimate goal is making tax time easier
for everyone, whether it�s a small business operator or an individual
"For many small business owners, understanding the tax implications of
owning a small business is a challenge,� Alvarez said. �The goal of this
new program is to help start-up business owners understand small
business tax requirements and their compliance responsibilities before a
The new programs being launched are:
Tax information. In a new national program, the IRS is offering a wide
range of key small business tax forms and publications at all 73 of
SBA�s Business Information Centers (BIC) and One-Stop Capital Shops.
This expands on a pilot program tested at five BIC locations for a year.
Tax experts. Another new program places IRS technical specialists at SBA
Business Information Centers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles
for one day each week. The IRS experts will provide an array of services
including small business workshops, classes, one-on-one assistance and
distribution of small business tax forms and publications. The sites
will not handle any tax preparation activities.
CD-ROM. The two agencies produced a small business CD-ROM, �Small
Business Resource Guide: What You Need To Know About Taxes and Other
Topics.� The CD-ROM is available at the BICs and features information
centering on the stages of the business life cycle. The CD-ROM has
fill-in-the-blank forms, searchable publications and links to important
Small business web sites. The IRS web site has added a "Small Business
Corner" that provides tax information for small business entrepreneurs.
The web site can be accessed at www.irs.ustreas.gov and looking under
the �Tax Info for Business� section. The IRS site also links to the SBA
and other important small business web sites.
The SBA site, at www.sba.gov includes details on the Business
Information Centers and other information for the small business
Small business owners should periodically visit the IRS web site because
it is frequently updated with new information.
Rossotti said the expanding partnership effort with the SBA complements
the IRS modernization program. In the IRS�s upcoming reorganization, the
agency will be divided into four areas to provide better service. One of
these areas will be the Small Business and Self-Employed Operating
The Small Business and Self-Employed unit will serve about 40 million
tax filers. These businesses pay the IRS about $559 billion annually,
representing about 40 percent of the total revenue collected.
�These companies form a key part of the economy, and it is crucial for
us to help small businesses meet their tax needs,� Rossotti
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