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Small Business/Self-Employed Division At-a-Glance

Mission
Help small business and self-employed taxpayers understand and meet their tax obligations, while applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.   

Strategic Priorities

  • Address the Underreporting Tax Gap
  • Address the Underpayment Tax Gap
  • Address the Nonfiling Tax Gap
  • Improve Service to Our Customers: Improve Business Processes and Systems; Reduce Burden; Enhance Stakeholder Relations
  • Develop Human Capital to: Address Strategies; Promote Productivity; Improve Employee Engagement

Headquarters
SB/SE Headquarters
5000 Ellin Road
Lanham, MD 20706

Leadership Team
Karen Schiller, Commissioner
Mary Beth Murphy, Deputy Commissioner

Compliance Area Director Offices

Area Collection Examination
North Atlantic Manhattan, N.Y. New York City, N.Y.
South Atlantic Plantation, Fla. Jacksonville, Fla.
Central Cincinnati, Ohio Nashville, Tenn.
Midwest Chicago, Ill. Downers Grove, Ill.
Gulf States Austin, Texas Dallas, Texas
Western Salt Lake City, Utah Denver, Colo.
Southwest Los Angeles, Calif. Los Angeles, Calif.

SB/SE Taxpayer Profile

  • Approximately 57 million taxpayers.

  • About 41 million self-employed persons.
  • About 9 million small businesses with assets of less than $10 million.
  • About 7 million filers of employment, excise, estate and gift returns.

The SB/SE Division will serve this taxpayer segment through five organizations:

  • Collection – The mission of Collection is to collect delinquent taxes and secure delinquent tax returns.

  • Compliance Services Campus Operations – This division oversees operations of the Brookhaven, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Memphis and Ogden Campuses.

  • Examination – It is the function of Examination Division to help taxpayers understand and meet tax responsibilities and apply the tax law with integrity and fairness through Field and Office Audit examinations.

  • Specialty Taxes – Currently there are four market segments for which this division has responsibility. They are Employment Tax, Excise Tax, Estate and Gift Tax and International Tax issues.

  • Communications and Stakeholder Outreach (CSO) – CSO's mission is to develop and deliver integrated strategic communications and educational products to employees and taxpayers and to our key partners in tax administration including practitioners and industry groups.

   Stakeholder Liaison (SL) Local Contacts

The Small Business/Self-Employed Division will serve both of the following types of taxpayers:

  • Individuals filing Form 1040 (U.S. Individual Income Tax Return), Schedules C, E, F or Form 2106 (Employee Business Expenses)
  • All other businesses with assets under $10 million

Comparison of Small Business/Self-Employed (SB/SE) customers to Large Business and International (LB&I) customers:

SB/SE

  • Small businesses (part-time, start-ups)
  • Small businesses without employees (service providers, contractors)
  • Small businesses with employees
  • Taxpayers with rental properties
  • Taxpayers with farming businesses
  • Individuals investing in businesses (partnerships, S-Corps)
  • Corporations, S-Corporations, & Partnerships with assets less than $10M
  • Approximately 54 million customers

LB&I

  • All 1120 and 1120-S corporations and 1065 partnerships with assets $10 million or more
  • Approximately 210,000 customers

Special Situations
Some businesses may meet the less than $10 million asset test for SB/SE yet be more like a large or midsize business in every other way. These businesses may need the technical expertise of an international examiner, engineer or appraiser. In these situations, the business may be serviced by the Large Business and International Division.

Other businesses may have assets $10 million or more yet be more like a small business. These customers may be serviced by the Small Business/Self-Employed Division.

Over time, IRS expects to develop a comprehensive set of criteria to ensure that the servicing of particular businesses reflects the technical merits of the tax return and the best interests of the business taxpayer.

Key Contacts

Contact List

 Telephone

 Fax

Karen Schiller
Commissioner

 202-317-6500

 202-317-6815

Mary Beth Murphy
Deputy Commissioner

 202-317-6500

 202-317-6815

Scott Prentky
Director, Collection
 954-423-7318  
Bobby Hunt
Director, Operations Support

 240-613-9720

 240-613-4998

Shenita Hicks
Director, Examination

 240-613-2849

 877-477-9198

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 17-Dec-2014