FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 24, 1997            Contact:  Lisa McHenry (202) 225-7004


MAJORITY LEADER ARMEY TO TESTIFY AT IRS COMMISSION MEETING

Washington, D.C. - Majority Leader Richard K. Armey will testify before the National Commission on Restructuring the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday, February 26 at 9:00 a.m. in room 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building. The Commission will also meet on Thursday, February 27 at 9:00 a.m. in room G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building. The Commission is jointly chaired by Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska) and Congressman Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

The meeting on the 26th will focus on taxpayers' rights, and how these rights affect various functions of the IRS. Representatives from both the public and private sector will discuss the Taxpayer Bill of Rights I and II, the quality of the audit and collection functions of the IRS, and the right of the taxpayer to redress against the IRS for civil violations.

On the 27th, the Commission will discuss the technological problems of the century date change. The century date change refers to the problem most computer systems will have in referring to dates after January 1, 2000, and is probably the most pressing technological issue facing the IRS today. The Commission will also review alternative governance models and organizational structures available for an organization like the IRS.

For an agenda of the meetings on February 26 and 27, please contact Lisa McHenry at (202) 225-7004.


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