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Industry-Sought IRS Reform Inevitable

With little legislative accomplishment to its credit so far this year, Congress is poised to pass a major piece of legislation -- an industry-sought measure revamping the Internal Revenue Service. In the wake of President Clinton's announcement June 23 that he will sign it, a compromise bill seems almost certain to clear the House before lawmakers leave June 26 for a two-week Independence Day recess. Senate passage is likely after the recess.

The bill, pushed by Republicans for two years and a particular priority of small business, shifts the burden of proof in non-criminal tax-court cases from taxpayers to the IRS in many circumstances. It also gives the IRS commissioner broad new powers to reorganize the agency and modernize its equipment and practices.

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