New IRS Section to Serve Needs of Manufacturing, Construction And Transportation Industry Taxpayers

Jun 06, 2000, 01:00 ET from Internal Revenue Service

    WASHINGTON, June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- To better respond to the needs of a
 diverse customer base, a newly created section of the Internal Revenue Service
 will be devoted expressly to the needs of corporate taxpayers in the heavy
 manufacturing, construction and transportation industries.
     Housed within the IRS Large and Mid-Size Business Division (LMSB), this
 section will be headquartered in central New Jersey and will be staffed by a
 group of tax law specialists with expertise in the areas of air and ground
 transportation, the aerospace and automotive industries, shipping,
 construction and real estate.  Initially, it will serve nearly 103,000
 taxpayers-1,500 of which are large businesses.
     "These particular industries work in a highly competitive and cyclical
 global environment that is extremely sensitive to fluctuations in interest
 rates," Industry Director Tom Smith said Tuesday.  "By dedicating a team of
 experts to respond to their specific needs, we hope to better serve this
 important sector of the taxpaying community."
     Like the rest of LMSB, the Heavy Manufacturing, Construction and
 Transportation group will embrace an innovative approach to resolve taxpayer
 issues earlier and streamline the tax dispute process to ease burdens on
 business, Smith said.  The organization will also assist taxpayers with pre-
 filing services to help avoid tax disputes.
     This combination of factors should help reduce the cost and duration of
 IRS examinations, Smith said.
     Leading the group will be Smith, who began his 32-year career with the IRS
 as a revenue agent.  Since completing the Executive Development program in
 1993, he has served as Director of International District Operations, Deputy
 Assistant Commissioner (International), Assistant Commissioner (Examination)
 and Organizational Performance Management Executive.
     Three field directors located in New Jersey, Detroit and Southern
 California will report to Smith.  In all, 14 territory managers will be based
 throughout the nation.
     In addition to the Heavy Manufacturing, Construction and Transportation
 section, LMSB is dividing into four other industry-specific segments --
 Communications, Technology and Media; Retailers, Food and Pharmaceuticals;
 Financial Services and Healthcare; and Natural Resources.  The overall goal of
 LMSB is to develop a tailored set of services to meet the needs of the
 taxpayers it serves.
     The Large and Mid-Size Business Division is one of the four arms of the
 restructured IRS.  It will serve 210,000 filers that made tax payments of $712
 billion.  The other three organizational divisions of the IRS include Wage and
 Investment; Small Business and Self Employed; and Tax Exempt/Government

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