Deborah Nolan, former commissioner of the Large and Mid-Size Business Division of the Internal Revenue Service, has joined Ernst & Young as a partner.

She will work in the Tax Controversy and Risk Management Services Group within the firm's National Tax Department helping companies work more effectively with the IRS and regulators worldwide.

In her former role as LMSB commissioner, Nolan oversaw various IRS programs, including compliance assurance, limited-issue focused examinations and pre-filing agreements. She also implemented efficiency policies that ultimately led to the introduction of the Form M-3 and the mandatory eFile program.

Prior to that role, Nolan was the deputy commissioner of LMSB from 2000 to 2003. As the design team leader from 1999 to 2000, she led the team responsible for the design and implementation of the LMSB, which was created as a result of the Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998.

"It was part of the restructuring to bring a sense of customer service to the organization," she said.

Nolan was also responsible for the administration of tax treaties and tax information exchange agreements, and provided leadership for international tax administrators in various forums.

Nolan is a licensed CPA in the state of California and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from California State University, Hayward. She sees ways that she can draw on her IRS experience at Ernst & Young. "There's a lot of common ground between sound tax administration and what the tax professionals want to provide for their clients," she said.

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