From an Anonymous reader:
I just read Ms. Sheridan’s article on the woes of IRS CI being down on resources – it was sent to all IRS CI employees as part of our daily briefings. Another article bemoaning how IRS CI is understaffed.
Mr. Fort seems to do this frequently. Yet his decision making skills should be questioned as he is forcing out agents to quit and leave IRS CI.
Mr. Fort does not think hearing aids can be worn by agents, even if it is only on one ear.
Yes resources have been limited at IRS CI, but if I was in Congress I would also question some of the reasons why IRS CI agents are being forced out and are leaving for other agencies.
There have been about 25 of more agents that have been forced of IRS CI because of the strict hearing ability requirements. What is even more alarming, is that younger agents are leaving to other federal agencies because they feel that they may not meet the hearing requirements in the future. In the Oakland Field Office almost 10% of the field agents left last year for other agencies.
Maybe next time Ms. Sheridan can ask Don Fort about why IRS CI has such strict hearing requirements compared to HSI, FBI, or other Treasury agencies (SIGTARP or TIGTA). IRS CI is known as accountants with badges that doesn’t have a SWAT or elite enforcement teams.
There currently isn’t even a physical fitness requirement. However, you better have good hearing without a hearing aid – because hearing aids are forbidden. Meanwhile corrective lenses are allowed and vision is not questioned.
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Thanks Jamie. A lot of what they said was based on recent survey work, but it serves to support the change element that has been a specter over the profession for several years now. Want to sell? What exactly is the value of your practice? Where is your plan? Want to stay in business? What are you doing to retain and attract clients?
Thank you. Melinda also wrote a similar piece for us: http://bit.ly/2sXGgjs
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Correct. Peter Karpas (briefly) but they were looking for someone like Russ and found him. They do certainly have the growth and managerial trajectory of a startup here in the US but that could be turning around. I don't think you ever really plan or expect moves like this, entirely. They're making things interesting for us on the outside for sure.
Thanks for the thoughtful response, Laura. While it is true the current ONESOURCE line is cloud, I was making a point about how accountants do not believe that corporate tax software is quite ready for cloud, or rather there has not been a "worthy" pure-cloud software for corporate tax work.
Granted this is more of a snapshot than a deep analysis or detailed guide but sometimes you have to take those basic steps or know what you're up against. QB and the others mentioned are only a few of the examples of legacy software that will no longer receive support. All I did was supply some basic thinking, NOT an add for another company. Xero of course is one option, they know they're not the only ones but they represent the type of growing options that are out there to switch to. The reality is, there's only so much patchwork you can do and when support can no longer be called, what do you do? If your car is so old that they no longer make certain parts for it, nor will you find a mechanic that can fix it. What do you do? This was the main point and perhaps I could have put it in those terms. But some people, by nature, are loathe to move on to other things and would rather duct tape and glue it all as long as they can.