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[Insert your tax issue here] IRS wants suggestions for 2018 priority guidance plan

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Alice Gilman

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What payroll tax issue bugs you the most? The IRS would like to know. It’s taking suggestions for its 2017-2018 Priority Guidance Plan, otherwise called the business plan.

The IRS uses the business plan to identify and prioritize tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices and other published guidance.

The 2017-2018 business plan will identify guidance projects that the IRS intends to address between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. However, it’s not a lead-pipe cinch that the items in the document will make it into actual guidance, especially if the IRS has to deal with sweeping tax reform.

Criteria for submittals

You can submit your suggestions in any format you choose. See below for the details.

The IRS would like you to briefly describe your recommended guidance and explain the need for it. You may also include an analysis of the desired outcome.

If your suggestions relate to modifying, streamlining or withdrawing existing regulations or other guidance, the IRS would like you to explain how the changes would reduce taxpayer cost and/or burden or benefit tax administration.

In general, the IRS would like you to think in these terms, as you go about formulating your suggestions:

  • Whether your recommendations resolve significant issues that affect many taxpayers
  • Whether your recommendations reduce controversy and lessen the burden on taxpayers or the IRS
  • Whether your recommendations target regs or other guidance that is outdated, unnecessary, ineffective, insufficient or unnecessarily burdensome and that should be modified, streamlined, expanded, replaced or withdrawn
  • Whether your recommendations promote sound tax administration
  • Whether the IRS can administer your recommendations on a uniform basis
  • Whether your recommendations can be drafted in a manner that will enable taxpayers to easily understand and apply the guidance.

Where and when to submit

The IRS’ deadline in June 1, but you can submit suggestions any time, since the business plan is tweaked during the year.

Mail your comments to:

Internal Revenue Service

Attn: CC:PA:LPD:PR (Notice 2017-28) Room 5203

P.O. Box 7604

Ben Franklin Station

Washington, D.C. 20044

Email your comments to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Be sure to type IRS-2017-0008 in the search field on the regulations.gov homepage to submit your comments.

BE NICE: Your recommendations will be available for public inspection and copying in their entirety.

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