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Some IRS employees may now use aliases.

A panel that mediates bargaining between the National Treasury Employees Union and the Internal Revenue Service ordered that IRS employees be allowed to use pseudonyms in certain circumstances. The IRS opposes the use of aliases, believing taxpayers generally have the fight to know with whom they are dealing.

IRS employees, some of whom fear threats and harassment in their dealings with the public, want the option of not using their real names. Under the compromise order, employees with unusual names or who otherwise need to avoid being identified will be able to register a pseudonym with the IRS and use that name in dealing with the public.

Recently, harassment of IRS employees has taken a new form: the filing of a false 1099 reporting a large sum of money was paid to the IRS employee.
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Publication:Journal of Accountancy
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jul 1, 1992
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