United States

The Power of a Freedom of Information Act Request

Tuesday May 10, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
From KPMG TaxWatch

KPMG TaxWatch


Event Overview

The Freedom of Information Act provides a right of access to the public of certain government records. “As Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, ‘sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.’ In our democracy, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which encourages accountability through transparency, is the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open Government.” - President of the United States Barack Obama. Information obtained through a FOIA request may be useful in the tax planning, compliance, or controversy settings.

The Webcast will cover:

  • How to and when is an effective time to submit a FOIA request.

  • How a FOIA request can help in determining whether to request a private letter ruling, in analyzing how to formulate a ruling request, or in understanding the factual circumstances underlying a request for a technical advice memorandum.

  • How to use the FOIA to gather information that may be useful in understanding the IRS’s theory of a case on a contentious issue, or in learning about contacts between the IRS and third parties.

  • How the information requested may be relevant to the examination of a taxpayer, the appeal of the results of an examination, or the decision by a taxpayer to pursue litigation.

  • Current events and cases concerning FOIA and the Internal Revenue Service.

Michael P. Dolan

National Director of IRS Policies and Dispute Resolution, Washington National Tax, KPMG LLP

Buck Buchanan

Director, Tax Controversy Services, KPMG LLP

Kathleen Schlenzig

Managing Director, Tax, KPMG LLP