Former Tribal Leader Appointed to Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council 2/22/2019

Indian Country Representative Appointed Chair of TE/GE Subgroup of IRSAC

Jean Swift, member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, was recently appointed chair of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) subgroup of IRSAC (Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council). Jean hopes to independently gather input from Indian Country for possible research ideas.

The TE/GE subgroup of IRSAC provides representation of Indian tribal governments and governmental entities through research, identification of key issues unique to their stakeholders, and by making recommendation to IRS leadership via an annual public forum.

Some past research projects include:

Resources

To learn more, see the IRS TE/GE website. Feel free to contact Jean Swift at JSwift@mptn-nsn.gov by March 1 with comments or questions regarding her role on IRSAC.

General Information Regarding the TE/GE Division of the IRS:

2018 Highlights: 

      • Treasury held a formal Consultation Meeting with tribal leaders to discuss the tax reform bills and impact on tribal governments. Testimony focused on economic incentives needed to spur growth in tribal economies, including the permanent implementation of the Indian Employment Tax Credit and the accelerated depreciation provisions, as well as eliminating the essential governmental function test for tax-exempt bonds.
      • The Indian Tribal Governments (ITG) Division of TE/GE released 12 employment tax videos to help tribal employers properly withhold, deposit, and report federal taxes for their employees. In addition, three were created to provide information and links to resources to comply with federal reporting rules within the gaming industry maintained by Indian tribal government

To see more highlights from TE/GE in 2018, check out the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Fiscal Year 2018 Accomplishments Letter.

You may also want to review the TE/GE Fiscal Year 2019 Program Letter, which explains TE/GE’s compliance program consisting of:

        1. Compliance strategies
        2. Data-driven approaches
        3. Referrals, claims and other casework
        4. Compliance contacts
        5. Determinations
        6. Voluntary compliance and other technical programs

For any other questions or concerns, please contact Jennifer Parisien at Jennifer@nafoa.org or (202) 558-8040.