Effective April 1, 2017, the tax exempt and government entities division of the IRS will implement its new process on issuing information document request (IDR). While the purpose of this change is to ensure that IRS counsel is well prepared to enforce IDRs, this new process does benefit taxpayers.
In the past, the examining agent issues an IDR outlining information required to be presented at the commencement of the audit. The taxpayer had no involvement and often the IDRs requested voluminous documentation or documentation that did not apply.
According to an internal memo, the new process, in summary, is as follows: