New Director Named for IRS Office of Professional Responsibility IR-2003-148 — Cono Namorato selected as director of the Office of Professional Responsibility. Treasury Issues Rules to Increase Transparency & Halt Abusive Tax Avoidance Transactions IR-2003-147 — Rules to heighten standards for tax advisers and increase transparency and disclosure of information to the IRS. IRS Issues Guidelines for Tax-Exempt Groups Engaged in Public Advocacy IR-2003-146 — IRS reminds tax-exempt organizations that their public advocacy activity must adhere to tax rules as well as campaign-finance laws. IRS and Gaming Industry Partner on Voluntary Tip Compliance Agreements IR-2003-145 — Gaming industry employers, employees and the IRS work together to determine tip rates for some tipped employees. Eileen T. Powell Appointed as IRS Chief Financial Officer IR-2003-144 — Responsible for custodial accounting of $2 trillion in taxpayer receipts and the agency’s $10 billion annual operating budget. IRS Names Eight New Members to IRPAC IR-2003-143 — Appointees join 10 returning members of the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee, which holds its next meeting Feb. 3-4, 2004. IRS Names New Members to IRSAC IR-2003-142 — Appointees join 11 returning members. The council holds its first meeting on Feb. 3-4, 2004. IRS, Treasury Issue Notice Regarding Improper Deductions for Charitable Contributions of Patents and other Intellectual Property IR-2003-141 — IRS intends to disallow improper deductions and taxpayers claiming them may be subject to penalties. IRS Announces Revisions to ITIN Applications IR-2003-140 — Several steps taken to strengthen controls over the issuance of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers. IRS Officials Urge Caution and Care for Those Making a Car Donation IR-2003-139 — IRS advises taxpayers to ask questions and consider how much of the proceeds go to the intended charity. No Change in Interest Rates for the First Quarter of 2004 IR-2003-138 — The interest rates for underpayment and overpayment of tax for noncorporate taxpayers remains unchanged for the quarter beginning Jan. 1, 2004. IRS Names Director for International Tax Matters and U.S. Competent Authority IR-2003-137 — Robert H. Green to lead efforts on international tax issues. Businesses Using IRS.gov to Get Employer Identification Numbers IR-2003-136 — By the end of November 2003, the IRS had received 37.5 percent of all EIN applications through the Internet. Comprehensive Tax Guide Available at IRS.gov IR-2003-135 — The comprehensive tax guide for individuals, IRS Publication 17, has been updated for tax year 2003 and is available at IRS.gov. Simple Steps Can Help Taxpayers with Charitable Donations IR-2003-134 — Taxpayers may reduce their taxes through gifts to tax-exempt charitable and religious groups. News Release and Fact Sheet Archive News releases and fact sheets from November 2002 forward and an archive of news releases and fact sheets in PDF format back to 1997.