Washington (March 15, 2004) -- The Internal Revenue Service announced several changes to the agency's senior management team, including a new leader for its Small Business/Self-Employed Division.

Effective June 1, Kevin M. Brown will become commissioner of the Small Business/Self-Employed Division, replacing commissioner Dale Hart, who is retiring after 37 years with the IRS.

“Dale Hart has held a number of key positions throughout her career, culminating in the successful start-up of the Small Business / Self-Employed Division,” IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said.

Brown is currently chief of staff to Commissioner Everson. The SB/SE division employs almost 44,000 workers and oversees the compliance programs for all individuals and small businesses. It serves 45 million taxpayers.

Brown previously served as SB/SE division counsel. He joined the IRS in 1998 as assistant to the commissioner. He also participated in advising the agency during the Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, and worked as an attorney at the Justice Department from 1987 until 1998.

Evelyn Petschek, currently the commissioner of the Tax-Exempt and Government Entities Division, will replace Brown as chief of staff to the commissioner. Petschek, who has been with the IRS since 1993, has been commissioner of the Tax-Exempt and Government Entities Division since its inception in 1999. Before joining the IRS, she served in the Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy as benefits tax counsel.

-- WebCPA staff

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