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IRS Oversight Board

The IRS Oversight Board does not currently have enough members confirmed by the U.S. Senate to make up a quorum and as a result has suspended operations. The Board will reconvene once it has a quorum. In the meantime, please contact Mike Lewis at 202-622-0410 for any additional information.

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The IRS Oversight Board was created by the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 (RRA 98), which was enacted to improve the IRS so that it may better serve the public and meet the needs of taxpayers.

The Oversight Board is a nine-member independent body charged to oversee the IRS in its administration, management, conduct, direction, and supervision of the execution and application of the internal revenue laws and to provide experience, independence, and stability to the IRS so that it may move forward in a cogent, focused direction.

Seven Board members are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate for five-year terms. These members have professional experience or expertise in key business and tax administration areas. Of the seven, one must be a full-time federal employee or a representative of IRS employees. The Secretary of Treasury and the Commissioner of Internal Revenue are also members of the Board.

The Board has no enforcement authority, may not review tax returns, and can take no role in developing policy.

This web-site is designed to address questions regarding the Board. We hope you find it helpful, and welcome your comments and suggestions.

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