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Rest Easy: The IRS Is Preparing for IFRS

For the first times since we started paying attention, the TIGTA is simply putting everyone on notice that the IRS is on top of this IFRS thing. No “You suck at this IRS” or “Here’s a list of things you should considering doing if you are interested in not sucking any more, IRS.” Simply, “Here’s what they’re doing. Have a nice day.”

The IRS began developing plans for strategic and operational activities related to the adoption of the IFRS in 2009.

TIGTA found that the IRS: is training employees about IFRS concepts and potential issues; working with the tax preparer community to identify and outline IFRS implementation concerns; and developing procedures to address issues related to IFRS conversion efforts.

“The IRS is appropriately laying the groundwork for its increased oversight of international taxation by gaining an understanding of the International Financial Reporting Standards,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

TIGTA did not make any recommendations in this audit and the IRS did not provide any comments on a draft of the report.

Doesn’t quite feel right, does it?

The IRS Is Taking Action to Address the Impact That International Financial Reporting Standards Will Have on Tax Administration [TIGTA]