Decentralizing the IRS to Redirect Field Oversight Away From an Overstretched and a Remote National Office

Posted: 11 May 2018

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Frank Wolpe

Bentley University - Graduate School, Graduate Tax Program

Date Written: April 27, 2018

Abstract

Like America, our Internal Revenue Service is a work in progress. Yet, for best results, it’s better to avoid thinking too much about what it is or is not! Instead, let’s think more about what the IRS ought to be! This Article thusly offers a realistic path forward with a decentralizing local presence, which can once again make it taxpayer/customer-centric. For more effective tax administration, it also offers a return to something that inexcusably went missing in 1998, senior-executive “on-site oversight" of field operations. If today’s Internal Revenue Service can be fairly described, by more people than ever before, as an exploding volcano of public mistrust and suspicion, which it undoubtedly is, how can we meet the challenge? That’s not an easy question; but there are reasonable answers and practical options.

Keywords: IRS

Suggested Citation

Wolpe, Frank, Decentralizing the IRS to Redirect Field Oversight Away From an Overstretched and a Remote National Office (April 27, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3169857

Frank Wolpe (Contact Author)

Bentley University - Graduate School, Graduate Tax Program ( email )

c/o 52 Hagen Road
Newton, MA 02459
United States

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