Washington (Jan. 9, 2003) -- The Internal Revenue Service has created a new Office of Professional Responsibility, charged with enhancing the oversight of tax professionals. It replaces the office of the Director of Practice. Brien Downing was named director.

"The creation of the Office of Professional Responsibility and the appointment of a senior executive to lead the office are examples of our continuing commitment to ensuring the integrity of the American tax system and recognition of tax professionals as an integral part of effective tax administration," said acting commissioner Bob Wenzel..

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