Some tax experts would like to see the IRS take a cautious approach in its technology plans.
“They have very ambitious plans to modernize and improve the technology capability, and that’s all good,” said Mark Everson, a former IRS commissioner and now a vice chairman at the tax consulting firm Alliantgroup, in an interview last week before the latest announcement.
“I’m simply saying better safe than sorry as they go forward. They can’t be so hellbent to meet a specific deadline or timeline that it increases the risk significantly of a problem because all hell will break loose if there’s a major problem.”
The Honorable Mark W. Everson was the nation’s 46th Commissioner of Internal Revenue Service serving from 2003 until 2007. Prior to joining the IRS, Everson held Bush administration posts as Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget and Controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management. Everson also served in the Reagan administration, holding several positions at the United States Information Agency and the Department of Justice, where his assignments included Deputy Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. At the state level, Everson oversaw the Indiana Workforce and Unemployment Insurance Systems under Governor Mitch Daniels.