Three new tax appointments at IRS: Imhoff, Wagner & Ng

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The Internal Revenue Service appoints John Imhoff as the Deputy Chief, Criminal Investigation (CI).

CI investigates potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes. CI is comprised of approximately 4,400 employees worldwide, approximately 2,800 of which are special agents whose investigative jurisdiction includes tax, money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act laws.

“This is a critical position for the enforcement of the nation’s tax laws”, said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. “John brings his decades of experience and a variety of skills to help lead the Criminal Investigation division.”

Imhoff has held numerous positions in CI. Most recently, he was the Director for Field Operations for the North Atlantic Area, headquartered in Philadelphia, and prior to that he was the Director for Field Operations for the mid-states area, based in Dallas.

He began his IRS career in 1974 as a special agent in Columbus, Ohio. He has held increasingly responsible positions as a front-line manager in Dayton, Ohio, senior analyst in Washington, D.C., and assistant special agent in charge in Chicago. He also served as special agent in charge in Springfield, Ill., Chicago and Detroit. Imhoff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He is a native of Mansfield, Ohio.

The Internal Revenue Service appoints Christopher Wagner as Deputy Commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Division.

Prior to this assignment, Wagner was the Deputy National Taxpayer Advocate. Wagner has held numerous positions in enforcement functions within IRS, including the former Examination Division and the current Small Business/Self Employed Division, where he was involved with both examination and collection programs.

“Chris has a wealth of experience in both tax enforcement and taxpayer service”, said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. “He will be a valuable addition to the TE/GE leadership team.”

TE/GE’s three major business units — Exempt Organizations (EO), Employee Plans (EP) and Government Entities (GE) — oversee a diverse range of customers, from small volunteer community organizations to sovereign Indian tribes to large pension funds.

While these entities are not subject to federal income tax, they nonetheless represent a significant aspect of tax administration, with approximately three million entities controlling more than $11 trillion in assets and paying over $300 billion in employment tax and income tax withholding.

The Internal Revenue Service appoints Frank Y. Ng to fill the new position of Deputy Commissioner, Large and Mid-Size Business (International).

Ng had been the acting Director, International, and prior to this he served as the Industry Director, Communications, Technology and Media in LMSB.

In his new position, Ng will have responsibilities for international service and compliance activities across the IRS and will serve as the U.S. Competent Authority responsible for tax treaty administration. An important element of the new position is to provide additional focus on international issues involving tax compliance resulting from increasing globalization. The IRS has a number of activities underway in the international tax arena, including the Joint International Tax Shelter Information Centre (JITSIC), a cooperative effort between the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia to combat abusive cross-border transactions.

“We’re strengthening our leadership of the international area” IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said. “International taxes are growing in importance, and this position ensures this area is represented at the highest levels of the agency. Frank brings a strong set of skills to help lead this important sector of tax administration.”

“This move reflects the Commissioner’s personal focus and his direction to the organization to focus on international compliance strategies on a Service-wide basis”; Commissioner of LMSB, Deborah M. Nolan, said. “Frank’s appointment will enhance our ability to meet the formidable challenges that come with increased globalization.”;

Ng has a long history of experience in the international arena and in LMSB. He served as Director and separately, as Deputy Director, Pre-filing and Technical Guidance, which is responsible for pre-filing services, abusive corporate tax shelters activities and the technical advisor programs.

He also served as the IRS representative in Tokyo, a position responsible for all IRS tax administration matters in Japan, Korea and China, and he served as Chief, Tax Treaty Division, which is responsible for competent-authority double-taxation negotiations, tax treaty interpretation matters and the exchange of information programs.

Ng has a degree in accounting from Arizona State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Rank Award for meritorious service.

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