Earlier this month, Kathy Petronchak, alliantgroup’s Director of IRS Practice & Procedure and the former IRS Commissioner of the Small Business/Self-Employed (SB/SE) Division, was quoted in Tax Notes regarding a letter from the IRS Office of Appeals. The letter from Appeals Chief Kirsten Wielobob clarified four specific procedural changes that were recently implemented and provided greater context into why such modifications have been made.

In Marie Spairie’s article “IRS Appeals Chief Clarifies Policy Changes in Open Letter,” Petronchak offers her thoughts on the changes and applauds Appeals’ for being transparent in their reasons for implementing the modifications in the first place.

Kathy Petronchak of alliantgroup LP concurred. "Transparency with regards to the reasons behind the changes helps us to better understand them, even if we are not in agreement," Petronchak said.

"The changes are not intended to shift the paradigm away from in-person conferences as a resolution tool," she wrote. "The change in conference practices is of major concern to practitioners, but since the change in the IRM, I am aware of practitioners having been successful in working with Appeals officers to obtain a face-to-face meeting where the specified criteria are met," Petronchak said.

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