IRS chooses tax package for agents' notebook PCs

IRS chooses tax package for agents' notebook PCs

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff

JULY 6—IRS revenue agents and international examiners soon will begin using the same tax software as the large and midsize corporations they audit.

The Corporate Tax Audit Analyzer application from the Bureau of National Affairs Inc. of Washington meets agents' needs in terms of accurate and consistent calculations, IRS spokeswoman Tamara Ward said. It runs under Microsoft Windows 9x and later versions of the operating system and lists for $2,395 for one license.

The initiative is a part of the Customer Relationship Management Exam project, one of the agency's business systems modernization efforts, which will put notebook computers into the hands of tax examiners.

Through CRM Exam, they will tackle some of the most complex tax issues such as carry-back and carry-forward calculations, alternative minimum tax and foreign tax credits.

CRM Exam will improve the revenue agents' capabilities and reduce examination time for businesses, Ward said. Besides doing the more complex computations, the software can instantaneously calculate taxes for multiple years.

The IRS will begin the initial software rollout and training of 300 agents before August 10, Ward said. By August next year, all tax revenue agents who deal with large and midsize businesses and all international examiners will have received the training.

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