IRS is driven in its desire to close the tax gap and views tax practitioners as being an obstacle in the middle, according to Charles Rettig with the law firm of Hochman, Salkin, Toscher & Perez, P.C.,in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Speaking at the recent SourceMedia “Tax Update: Using the Latest Technology for Profitable Results” conference, he points out that this mindset  was evident in a statement by former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson at his 2003 Senate Finance Committee nomination hearings. Everson said, “There are clear indications that professional standards have eroded in some corners of the practitioner community. Attorneys and accountants should be the pillars of our system of taxation, not the architects of its circumvention.”

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