April 20, 1999
Petschek to Head IRS Tax Exempt
WASHINGTON - Commissioner of Internal Revenue
Charles O. Rossotti today named Evelyn Petschek to the top spot of one of the IRSs
four new operating units. As Commissioner of the Tax Exempt Operating Division, Petschek
will oversee the administration of complex provisions of law that affect more than three
In January 1998, the IRS began the process of replacing its geographic
organizational structure with operating divisions that serve particular groups of
taxpayers. The four taxpayer segments include: Wage and Investment Income, Small Business
and Self Employed, Large- and Mid-Size Business, and Tax Exempt. The reorganization will
allow the IRS to better meet the specialized needs of the customers it serves.
The Tax Exempt Operating Division will have responsibility for a major
sector of the U.S. economy one that has very special needs and issues, said
Rossotti. After an intensive nationwide search, it became clear that Evelyn Petschek
is the right person for this very challenging job.
Three distinct customer segments employee plans, exempt organizations,
and government entities will be served by the Tax Exempt Operating Division.
Employee Plans comprises more than 1 million private and public retirement plans, with
assets of roughly $4 trillion. Exempt Organizations comprises over 1 million tax-exempt
organizations and an estimated 350,000 religious organizations controlling assets of more
than $1.2 trillion. Government Entities includes 220,000 outstanding tax-exempt bond
issuances with a total value of $1.3 trillion, 86,000 Federal, state and local entities,
and 559 federally recognized Indian Tribes.
Although it generally pays no income tax, this sector pays over $198 billion
annually in employment taxes and income tax withholding.
Headquarters for the Tax Exempt Operating Division will be established in
Washington, D.C., in late 1999, with operations scheduled to begin in late 1999 or early
Petschek has served as IRS Assistant Commissioner, Employee Plans and Exempt
Organizations since 1996. Prior to joining the IRS, she served in the Treasury
Departments Office of Tax Policy as Benefits Tax Counsel.
Petschek holds J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation degrees from New York University
School of Law. She was a partner in the law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler
before entering public service.
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