Posted by Christina Bell, CPA
In December of 2014 the Commissioner of the Tax Exempt & Government Entities Division of the IRS (TE/GE), Sunita Lough, issued the TE/GE Program Letter for FY 2015. The letter is meant to serve as a document that discusses the TE/GE’s priorities and key areas of focus for the coming year. It is also meant to aid in the TE/GE’s mission of providing their customers (you) top quality service by helping them understand and comply with applicable tax laws and protecting the public interest by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all. A few of the priorities and key areas of focus described in the letter are summarized below.
1) Accountability and Transparency – In accordance with the IRS Strategic Plan FY 2014-2017, TE/GE is entering FY 2015 focused on accountability and transparency.
2) Continuous Improvement – The TE/GE is committed to improving processes, reducing taxpayer burden and capturing opportunities to eliminate waste. Last year, the TE/GE implemented the Form 1023-EZ that provided a simpler application process for qualifying exempt organizations. In FY 2015, the TE/GE wants to continue to review and improve the application process for all exempt organizations.
3) Knowledge Management – The TE/GE will continue developing a knowledge management strategy during FY 2015 to foster consistency in the positions the TE/GE take issues on.
4) Data-Driven Decision Making – The TE/GE is working towards equipping their workforce with the tools and data necessary to foster a culture of data-driven decision making to aid in identifying trends and future business issues and demands, finding opportunities to improve processes, quality and efficiency, and targeting existing and emerging high-risk areas.