Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Kerrey Commission Opens Hearings, Wants More Satisfied Taxpayers

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Kerrey Commission Opens Hearings, Wants More Satisfied Taxpayers

Article excerpt

On September 10, the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service held its first public hearing in Washington, D.C. The commission, sponsored by Congressman Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Senator J. Robert Kerrey (D-Neb.), is charged with examining the IRS and coming up with solutions--such as using private contractors to perform agency functions--to create a more efficient tax collection system. Among the persons who testified before the commission were IRS Commissioner Margaret Milner Richardson, Lawrence B. Gibbs, IRS commissioner from 1986 to 1989, and Dr. Jack West of the American Society for Quality Control (ASQC).

Richardson said despite the waves of criticism, the IRS had made some progress in becoming more efficient and taxpayer friendly but the progress was "not enough." In "A Letter to the Profession," on page 42, Richardson speaks out about the affects of the budget cuts on the accounting profession.

One of the more vocal critics of recent IRS operations has been the General Accounting Office. In an earlier hearing, Lynda D. Willis, GAO's director of tax policy and administration issues, had told the restructuring committee the IRS faced formidable challenges, citing as its biggest problems its inefficient returns processing and collection methods, poor financial management, poor customer service and inadequate information technology.

Amid Criticism, IRS still needs funding

Former Commissioner Gibbs said it was not the first time the IRS had been under such heavy public scrutiny. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.