[IMGCAP(1)]I think most people would agree that the IRS faces some significant challenges going forward. Issues such as having to implement and administer complex provisions associated with the Affordable Care Act will cause the organization to redirect its efforts to meet its core priorities -- service and compliance enforcement. A change in compliance enforcement could significantly impact middle-market taxpayers. With that said, it is critical that middle-market taxpayers are aware of and prepared for this potential impact.

There is little doubt that midsized businesses are currently in the middle of a “perfect storm” at the IRS -- the service has taken a new approach to addressing current compliance challenges and announced a shift in focus from Fortune 1000 companies toward middle-market businesses. Midsized companies must become better educated on audit procedure and be prepared to consider the implications of these approaching changes at the IRS.

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