Cono R. Namorato was appointed to head the Internal Revenue Service Office of Professional Responsibility in December 2003.The OPR investigates allegations of misconduct or negligence against tax practitioners, and enforces the standards of practice for those who represent taxpayers before the IRS. As director of the OPR, Namorato oversaw the service's increasing efforts to achieve compliance nationwide among tax practitioners with newly enhanced standards of conduct, and he also served as senior advisor to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue on complex enforcement matters.

After leaving the OPR in 2005, Namorato returned to the Washington office of the law firm of Caplin & Drysdale. Namorato recently reflected about his experience during his first year in office and the issues affecting the agency with Accounting Today senior editor Roger Russell.

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