January 21, 2021




100 Min


Robert McKenzie

2021 IRS Representation Update
Trending 01/21/2021

COVID-19 dramatically changed IRS enforcement procedures. In July 2020 the IRS reactivated its enforcement activities after 4 months of no enforcement activity. Since that time it has gradually increased its enforcement presence. This webinar by industry expert Robert McKenzie will provide a timely update of  IRS initiatives and procedures. IRS can be expected to return to its prior tough enforcement approach.

Over the past several years, the IRS has seen its budget cut significantly. There has been a corresponding reduction in the quality of service that it provides, including a dramatic cutback in its enforcement efforts. 2019 was a turning point for IRS. It was able to hire 1,000 new enforcement professionals. The new IRS commissioner is improving morale at the agency.  This course will examine the methods of the IRS COVID enforcement climate. It will cover new IRS examination and collection priorities and procedures, IRS criminal investigation initiatives, recent important developments for practitioners, and taxpayer advocate services. Other topics to be discussed include problems in the tax system, new procedures at IRS campuses, and the impact of new IRS leadership. This course is certain to get you up to speed on how to properly advise your clients in this new enforcement environment.

Webinar Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • IRS COVID-19 initiatives
  • Identify IRS initiatives in examinations
  • Recognize current changes in IRS collection procedures including easily secured installment agreements for taxpayers who owe less than $250 K.
  • Identify the IRS offshore compliance initiatives
  • Recognize IRS budget problems and its impact on your clients
  • Discuss IRS penalty procedures and analyze common IRS penalties
  • Negotiating by phone with IRS Enforcement personnel

Webinar Highlights

  • New exam rules
  • New collection initiatives
  • Using Taxpayer Advocate
  • Service center closings
  • IRS enforcement priorities

Who should Attend

  • Tax attorneys
  • Enrolled Agents
  • CPA’s


Webinar Planet Speaker Robert E. McKenzie

Robert E. McKenzie

Robert E. McKenzie is a partner of the law firm of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP of Chicago, Illinois, concentrating his practice in representation before the Internal Revenue Service and state agencies. He has lectured extensively on the subject of taxation. He has presented courses before thousands of CPAs, attorneys, and enrolled agents nationwide. He has made numerous media appearances including Dateline NBC and The ABC Nightly News. He dedicates a major portion of his time to representation before the IRS. In 2017 Mr. McKenzie received the American Bar Association Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties Committee’s Jules Ritholz Award. The award recognizes McKenzie’s dedication and achievement in the field of tax controversy. From 2009 to 2011, Mr. McKenzie was a member of the IRS Advisory Council, which advises IRS management. He has been selected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and served as its President from 2017 to 2018. He was vice-chair of the ABA Tax Section (2003-2005). Mr. McKenzie is past chairman of the Employment Tax Committee, past co-chair of the Task Force for Bankruptcy Legislation of the ABA Section on Taxation, and past chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Federal Tax Committee. He was Dean of the National Tax Practice Institute (1998-2002).