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IRS Appeals Forms Dispute Unit

The Internal Revenue Service Independent Office of Appeals has formed an Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Management Office.

The unit will collaborate with the IRS Business Operating Divisions in resolving tax disputes.

The ADR PMO will pilot changes to Fast Track Settlement—a program that allows Appeals to mediate disputes between a taxpayer and the IRS while the case is still in Exam’s jurisdiction. The IRS says the new office will also removes barriers to participating in Post-Appeals Mediation, which introduces a new mediator if parties cannot reach agreement during traditional Appeals settlement negotiations. 

The IRS says the PMO will test ADR programs that allow Appeals to help resolve or mediate disputes earlier in the examination process, streamline and clarify existing guidance and remove barriers “to enable easier use of and access to ADR.”

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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