Washington (May 29, 2002) -- The Internal Revenue Service is testing a pilot program to streamline the process for issuing technical advice in audit situations. During the pilot, the new product - called a Technical Expedited Advice Memorandum (TEAM) - will be limited to income tax and accounting issues. If successful, the TEAM process will expand to all tax issues.

"The TEAM process will speed advice to IRS agents and appeals officers and taxpayers, resolve audit issues more fairly, and reduce confusion over the agency’s legal positions," said IRS Chief Counsel B. John Williams.

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