TRANSFORMING TAX ADMINISTRATION: Race & Equity in Tax Administration

How Issues of Racial Justice Are Fundamental to a
Rights-Based Tax System

– Four Free Online Workshops from 08 April to 28 May 2024 –

The Center for Taxpayer Rights is pleased to introduce the second season of its free online workshop series, Transforming Tax Administration. This series follows the Center’s first season of online Tax Chats!  Transforming Tax Administration: Toward an Effective, Trusted, & Inclusive IRS, which explored aspects of how Inflation Reduction Act funding could be used to transform the agency.  This second season will focus on Race & Equity in Tax Administration: How Issues of Racial Justice are Fundamental to a Rights-Based Tax System. 

You can register for the workshop series below (you only need to register once and we will send you zoom links for each session). 

In the past, the IRS has relied on its policy of not collecting data on the race of taxpayers to defend its actions as being race neutral. Following groundbreaking research highlighting that black taxpayers are audited at a higher rate than other racial groups, the [Commissioner of the] IRS has stated that it is committed to understand and address any disparate impact of its actions.  This IRS recognition of its role in possibly perpetuating racial injustice creates an opportunity to examine the relationship between tax administration and racial justice more broadly. An administrator’s commitment to a fair and just tax system necessarily requires an acknowledgment of a problem and a willingness to take action to find solutions.

In this series of Tax Chats, we will explore how IRS actions across all facets of tax administration may have a disparate impact on racial groups and consider how IRS can reduce the disparity.  

Tax Chat!  1 (Monday April 8 at 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm EDT)           

Racialized Burdens Within Organizations: What Are They, Why Does It Matter and How Can They Be Alleviated

Moderator: Les Book, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Senior Fellow, Center for Taxpayer Rights

–Professor Pamela Herd, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University;

–Don Moynihan, McCourt Chair at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

–Victor Ray, F. Wendell Miller Associate Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Criminology and African American Studies, University of Iowa

Future sessions in the series include:

  • Racial Disparity in Tax Administration Beyond Audits
  • Race and Tax: Looking Beyond the Borders and Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Audit Rate Disparity: How To Reduce Racial Disparity While Promoting Effective Tax Administration


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This season of the Transforming Tax Administration workshop series is made possible by the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation.

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