Lois G. Lerner has been named director of the Exempt Organizations Division of the Internal Revenue Service. In this position, she will be responsible for administering and enforcing the tax laws that apply to more than 1.8 million organizations recognized by the IRS as exempt from tax.

Prior to the appointment, Lerner headed up the Exempt Organizations Rulings & Agreements Division, where she was responsible for the EO determinations letter program, public guidance and technical assistance for IRS agents conducting examinations of tax-exempt organizations. Lerner came to the IRS in 2001 from the Federal Election Commission, where she served as associate general counsel for enforcement and acting general counsel.

She will replace Martha Sullivan, who is retiring from the IRS at the end of this month. Lerner will report to her new position in early January 2006. Joseph Urban, EO senior technical advisor in Rulings & Agreements, will serve as acting director of the division.The tax-exempt sector of the U.S. economy had total assets of approximately $3.7 trillion in 2002, the latest year for which data are available, with revenues of $1.2 trillion.

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