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Comment Opportunity: Priority Guidance Plan for Treasury and IRS

In Notice 2013-22, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service invite the public to submit recommendations for items that should be included on the 2013-2014 Guidance Priority List.

The Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy and the IRS use the Guidance Priority List each year to identify and prioritize the tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue rulings, revenue procedures, notices,and other published administrative guidance. The 2013-2014 Guidance Priority List will establish the guidance that Treasury and IRS intend to prioritize for purposes of allocating resources from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014.

Treasury/IRS will evaluate recommendations based on the following criteria:

1. Whether the recommended guidance resolves significant issues relevant to many taxpayers;

2. Whether the recommended guidance promotes sound tax administration;

3. Whether the recommended guidance can be drafted in a manner that will enable taxpayers to easily understand and apply the guidance;

4. Whether the recommended guidance involves regulations that are outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome and that should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed;

5. Whether the Service can administer the recommended guidance on a uniform basis; and

6. Whether the recommended guidance reduces controversy and lessens the burden on taxpayers or IRS.

Comments are due to IRS on May 1.

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