IRS reform bill enhanced identity theft protections and improved whistle-blower program.
The Taxpayer First Act was passed by the Senate only days after it passed the House for the second time, after removing a controversial provision codifying the Free File Alliance. This act established an independent office of appeals and required the IRS to submit plans to Congress that redesigned the structure of the agency to improve efficiency, modernized its technology systems, enhanced its cybersecurity, and better met taxpayer needs. This video reviews these plans and discusses the SECURE Act, ACA provisions, individual and business extenders, and what was left out of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act.
- Managing director in the CBIZ, Inc. MHM National Tax office
- Monitors federal tax legislation and consults nationally on a broad range of domestic tax services for businesses and individuals, including IRS procedural and controversy matters
- Authored numerous tax articles, edits all of the CBIZ MHM thought leadership articles, and lectures on a broad range of tax topics across the country
- Co-presents a business tax update every quarter entitled Eye on Washington
- Frequently quoted in nationally recognized publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s and the Washington Post, as an authority on tax topics and professional ethics; he has been profiled in Forbes, and appeared as a commentator on NPR, CNBC and Fox News and Fox Business
- In 2013, he was selected as a Washington D.C. Power Player by SmartCEO Magazine – one of a dozen lawyers, bankers and accountants selected in the inaugural year of the program’s existence; in 2017 he was honored again by SmartCEO Magazine as a Washington, D.C. Center of Influence
- Having entered through the honors program, he spent the first five years of his career with the Dept. of Justice, Tax Division, trying tax cases on behalf of the United States (including jury trials in federal district court)
- For over 30 consecutive years, he has received the preeminent ranking in legal ability and ethical standards from his peers, the highest rating available, from Martindale Hubbell, a division of Lexis-Nexis
- Graduated with his law degree, magna cum laude, Florida State University College of Law, where he won a National Moot Court Championship and chaired the new membership for the Law Review
- Active member of the California Bar, inactive member of the Florida Bar, and a member of the ABA Tax Section
- Can be contacted at 301-961-1943, [email protected] or @BillSmithTax1
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