Currently, David is a tax law specialist who reviews forms, instructions, and publications dealing with Large Business and International (LB&I) and Tax-Exempt and Governmental Entities (TEGE) tax matters. With the assistance of other tax law specialists, he reviews the products for technical accuracy in following the Code, regulations, and IRS guidance. David also ensures that the forms, instructions, and publications are written in clear and concise English and correctly summarize current tax law. David works to meet internal timelines for releasing forms, instructions, and publications to the public. In the process, David works with various internal stakeholders, such as the LB&I and TEGE business units, Treasury and Chief Counsel. With an eye to customer relations, David also responds to technical questions submitted on various tax forms, instructions, and publications.
David has also participated in several projects where he developed new forms in conjunction with the Commissioner’s Office, Chief Counsel, and Treasury. Some of those forms reflect IRS priorities, such as implementing the new Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).
As a tax attorney, David has wide experience and knowledge in tax law. He has worked for Chief Counsel (International), the U.S. Tax Court, and various tax law publishing companies. In his current position, David uses his knowledge and skills to ensure that taxpayers are aware of current tax law obligations. The products that David works on affect millions of taxpayers.
David is also participating in a project designed to expand the capabilities of deaf and hard of hearing taxpayers in contacting the IRS through relay services. In the process, David is drafting proposed language for inclusion in IRS’s Internal Revenue Manual which is intended to simplify communication between the IRS’s customer service representatives and deaf taxpayers. The end result is to make the IRS accessible to deaf taxpayers, whether it is through tax forms, instructions, and publications, TTY/relay service calls to IRS representatives, or new media such as Youtube and Facebook.
David’s managers are aware that he is deaf and requires the use of sign language interpreters in various meetings as part of his job. David also uses the video relay service provided by IRS to participate in weekly conference calls. As acting section chief, David has participated in managerial conferences where he advocated for deaf employees in Wages and Investment Business Unit.
Tax Forms & Publications (TF&P) encourages its employees to participate in self-development of their own careers. To that end, David has enrolled in tax law classes with Georgetown and New York University law schools, attended workshops, and worked on detail in different work groups. David likes his job because Tax Forms & Publications represents the IRS’s first point of contact with millions of taxpayers. In David’s opinion, TF&P allows him room for growth on a professional level and values his contributions to the work group.
On a personal basis, David believes that hard work ultimately pays off and you should never be afraid to try out new and different things.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the Internal Revenue Service.