Internal Revenue Bulletin:  2008-48 

December 1, 2008 

Announcement 2008-110

Extension of Fast Track Settlement For SB/SE Taxpayers Pilot Program


SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND

This announcement extends the test of the Fast Track Settlement for Small Business/Self-Employed division (SB/SE) Taxpayers Pilot Program set forth in Announcement 2006-61, 2006-2 C.B. 390, for an additional two-year period, beginning on December 1, 2008, the date this announcement is published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin.

SB/SE and the Office of Appeals (Appeals) concluded a two-year test of the Fast Track Settlement for SB/SE Taxpayers Pilot Program on September 4, 2008. During the additional two-year test period, SB/SE and Appeals will seek additional cases for fast track settlement in the same seven cities designated in Ann. 2006-61 and IR 2007-200, to further evaluate the program. The extended program will contain no changes from the provisions set forth in Ann. 2006-61.

This procedure allows taxpayers with eligible cases, as listed in Ann. 2006-61, under examination by SB/SE to request fast track settlement. Using the services of a trained mediator from Appeals, the taxpayer and SB/SE will attempt to resolve unagreed issues on an expedited basis. The fast track settlement program is consistent with the Internal Revenue Service’s efforts to improve tax administration, provide customer service, and reduce taxpayer burden.

EFFECTIVE DATE

This program is effective beginning December 1, 2008, the date it is published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin, and applications to the program will be accepted through November 30, 2010.

COMMENTS

The Service invites interested persons to comment on this pilot program. Written comments should be delivered or mailed by January 15, 2009, to:

Internal Revenue Service — Appeals
Attn: Nancy J. Talajkowski
160 Spears Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA 94105

Alternatively, comments may be submitted by e-mail to the following address: notice.comments@irscounsel.treas.gov.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information regarding this announcement, contact either: Xavier Guerrero, SB/SE Program Analyst, at (415) 552-6195 (not a toll-free number); or Nancy J. Talajkowski, Appeals Program Analyst, Tax Policy & Procedure (Alternative Dispute Resolution) at (415) 227-5007 (not a toll-free number).


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