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Business and Tax Policy Update: Covid-19 Relief

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: CEOs, Presidents, Partners, CFOs and CPAs WHEN: Friday, March 27th, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT The IRS has granted extensions and Congress has passed multiple phases of relief amidst the coronavirus pandemic. alliantgroup’s Dean Zerbe, Rick Lazio and Kathy Petronchak will provide details on the third phase of stimulus from

The IRS Faces an Unprecedented 2019 Filing Season

When I served as Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 2003 through 2007, the two fears that kept me up at night were of a botched filing season and a massive data breach. The damage from either event in the current environment would extend well beyond the nation’s tax system and further erode already badly undermined faith in government itself. The continuing ability of the IRS to process tax returns and issue refunds on the one hand, and protect taxpayer information on the other, depend upon the IRS having a workforce and information systems that are up to the task. At this point, the IRS has neither.

IRS Insider: 3 Common Mistakes Businesses Make

During my time with the IRS, I saw my fair share of mistakes made by businesses that could have easily been avoided. These days, with a large number of taxpayers[1] using a tax return preparer, it is a bit surprising that there are opportunities still being overlooked by both companies and individuals alike.

Republicans Just Bought the IRS

After nine years of a contentious relationship with the Internal Revenue Service, Republicans find themselves in the uncomfortable position of needing the IRS to deliver on tax reform.

Tax Reform – Rick Lazio Tells us Things to Expect

On February 9th, alliantgroup Senior Director and former U.S. Congressman Rick Lazio was interviewed by Yahoo! Finance and offered his forecast on the current prospects for tax reform. With Congress and the White House focused on improving both productivity and growth, below are three key takeaways from Lazio’s interview on what tax advisors and U.S.


The future is a foreign country, they will do things differently there (apologies to Hartley). The assumptions of the path forward for our country were shattered with the election results – and certainly no more so than in the area of tax policy. Instead of a long grind primarily focused about taxes and the wealthy, the nation will now focus on potentially sweeping tax reform and a lowering of tax burdens.


by Dean Zerbe, National Managing Director at alliantgroup and Former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and Rick Lazio, Senior Vice President at alliantgroup and Former U.S. Congressman September 21, 2016 | published in Forbes The House Small Business Committee, Chaired by Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), recently held a hearing on the IRS

alliantgroup’s Kathy Petronchak Addresses the House Small Business Committee on the IRS and the Compliance Burdens Placed on Small Businesses

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Kathy Petronchak, alliantgroup’s Director of IRS Practice and Procedure and the former IRS Commissioner of the Small Business/Self-Employed (SB/SE) Division, addressed the House Committee on Small Business regarding the IRS and its compliance burdens for small businesses. alliantgroup will continue to work with the Small Business Committee on the issues