July 21, 1999
IRS Names National Director for
ETA Account Management
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today announced the
selection of Mark E. Pursley to be National Director of the Electronic Tax
Administration�s (ETA) newly created Account Management Division.
The ETA Account Management Division will be responsible for developing
strategies to further increase the number of ETA product and service distributors
and to expand the volume of electronically transmitted tax and information
returns. In addition, the organization will provide customer service, information
and support to the nearly 100,000 existing providers of electronic filing services
and software around the country. Pursley will report to the Assistant
Commissioner for ETA.
�Mark will take the lead in expanding the nationwide network of e-file
providers,� said Assistant Commissioner for ETA Robert E. Barr. �This
new organization will play a critical role in meeting the goal of having 80%
of all tax and information returns filed electronically by the year 2007. �
The use of electronic options to transact with the IRS is experiencing
rapid growth. More than 29 million taxpayers filed their tax returns electronically
in 1999, up 19% from a year earlier, and it is projected that the number of e-filed
returns will exceed 30 million in 2000.
In his most recent position, Pursley served as the Chief Operating Officer
of Karch International, a McLean, Virginia-based computer software company.
Prior to that, he held marketing-related positions with CIGNA Corporation in
Philadelphia, including Vice President for Marketing in the International Life and
Employee Benefits Division.
Pursley has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bucknell University and a
Master�s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard
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