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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The IRS Scandal: Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic

Tax Analysys Logo (2013)Alan J. Wilensky (Attorney, Minneapolis), Scandal at the IRS: Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic, 140 Tax Notes 1449 (Sept. 23, 2013):

This article discusses the IRS’s recent problems in the exempt organizations area. It recommends that these and other problems the agency has had since the enactment of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 be studied in detail by a bipartisan panel. It also suggests that the notion of having professional managers head the agency, rather than tax professionals, decreased the sense of duty to the tax system that has been critical to the organization’s historically high ethical and cultural standards.

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As a long-tenured, now-retired DOJ-Tax lawyer, I observed at close hand the very changes Mr. Wilensky summarizes very accurately and succinctly. I think he hit the nail squarely on the head.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Sep 25, 2013 6:26:59 AM

Very much worth reading and thinking about!

Posted by: Henry | Sep 25, 2013 6:40:53 AM