IRS names new head of OPR

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Sharyn Fisk has been picked to lead the Internal Revenue Service's Office of Professional Responsibility.

Fisk, most recently a professor of tax at Cal Poly Pomona, will assume leadership of OPR early next year.

“Fisk is extremely well respected both internally at the IRS and throughout the tax professional communities,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig in a statement.

The OPR oversees practitioners, preparers and others who practice before the IRS to adhere to professional standards. The office works to increase education, awareness and understanding of Circ. 230 and enforces cases related to Circ. 230.

Fisk has represented individuals, businesses and corporate taxpayers before the IRS, the Department of Justice Tax Division, federal and state courts and state taxing authorities. She a certified tax law specialist with the California State Bar. She also recently concluded a term as a member of the IRS Advisory Council.

Fisk previously served as an attorney-advisor with the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C., and has volunteered to assist unrepresented taxpayers for the pro se tax court calendar. She has been director of Cal Poly Pomona’s VITA program and participated in the American Bar Association’s Adopt-A-Base program, where she provided training to military VITA volunteers.

She is a past chair of the taxation section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and previously chaired a task force on behalf of the Standards of Tax Practice Committee for the ABA Taxation Section. She is also a former chair of the Tax Policy, Practice and Legislation Committee.

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