Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tax Administrator meets with IRS in Washington

Rhode Island Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan met in Washington, D.C., this afternoon with Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen and tax preparation software providers to discuss ways to combat tax refund fraud.

“We are encouraged by the cooperation shown here today among the states, the IRS, and the software industry,” Sullivan said after the meeting, which he attended in his role as president of the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA).

“Tax refund fraud is a huge issue – and it’s not going to be solved by any one group or organization dictating a solution,” Sullivan said. “To rein in this growing problem, we all need to work together, in partnership – sharing information, ideas, and solutions,” Sullivan said following the meeting, which was held at IRS headquarters at 1111 Constitution Avenue NW.

“Such a joint effort – with the IRS, the states, and the industry working together – serves all of our interests, including the interests of the taxpayer,” said Sullivan.

The FTA, which sponsored Sullivan's trip to the meeting, is an association which serves the principal tax collection agencies of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Philadelphia, and New York City. The FTA also represents the interests of state tax administrators before federal policymakers.

David Sullivan (left) at IRS meeting in Washington, D.C., today.