Hiring efforts pay off for IRS

The IRS is continuing to raid industry to build its systems staff.


Albert E. Mazei was senior vice president and chief information officer of BTG Inc. of
Fairfax, Va., before he joined the IRS last year as assistant commissioner of the Program
Management and Engineering Office. Mazei will be a principal adviser to IRS CIO Paul J.
Cosgrave, who came to the service last year from American Management Systems Inc., also of
Fairfax.


Under the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, the IRS can offer pay incentives
and expedite the hiring process for 40 positions at the agency.


Employers who sent their tax questions during regular business hours got responses
within about five minutes. Those who submitted questions before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m., or
who did not want to wait for a reply, could leave e-mail addresses where the IRS would
forward information.


In November, the IRS outlined four potential partnership agreements. The service noted
that the arrangements are strictly marketing initiatives and are not a way to get seed
money for electronic filing efforts by industry. The IRS explicitly stated that it will
not consider any proposals for funding. The service this year reached an agreement with
Intuit Corp. of Mountain View, Calif., to let low-income taxpayers use the company’s
tax preparation software for free.


A bare-bones outline estimates that the Middle Market and Large Corporation Group will
have about 10,000 employees and serve about 80,000 corporations. It also will have
responsibility for international corporate taxes.


The Exempt Organizations Group will have about 4,000 employees and will serve about
900,000 private retirement plans with 77 million participants and assets of $2.4 trillion;
public retirement plans controlling nearly $3 trillion; more than 1 million tax-exempt
organizations and an estimated 340,000 religious organizations controlling assets of $1.2
trillion; and 220,000 tax-exempt organizations managing worth a total of $1.3
trillion. 

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