Fraud Referral a Priority for IRS Small Business Unit’s New Head

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September 12, 2019 3:43 PM

Referring more cases for criminal investigation will be a top priority for the IRS’s Small Business/Self-Employed division, the unit’s new leader said.

Strengthening the relationship between SB/SE and the IRS’s Criminal Investigation division “is an important component as to why I’m in this position,” Eric Hylton, the new commissioner of SB/SE, said Sept. 12 on a call with reporters. He worked at CI for 26 years before taking his new position Sept. 1.

  •  Hylton’s appointment aligns with IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig’s previously stated goal of increasing the number of cases that the agency’s civil divisions refer to CI. The referrals now are only 7% of CI’s total caseload, both Rettig and Hylton have said.
  •  “Fraud referrals should represent a much higher percentage of CI’s inventory,” Hylton said on the call. “This definitely will be an area of emphasis.”
  •  SB/SE also will aim to increase outreach to external agencies like the Justice Department, and will ramp up enforcement and make better use of data analytics, he said.
  •  Hylton was joined on the call by Darren Guillot, new deputy commissioner for collection and operations support at SB/SE, and De Lon Harris, the new deputy commissioner for examination. They also began their new roles Sept. 1.

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