New Leadership - TaxExempt & Gov't Entities Division


John H. Fisher

IR-2004-85, June 29, 2004


WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service today announced
the appointment of three key leaders in its Tax Exempt and
Government Entities Division (TE/GE).

Sarah Hall Ingram has been appointed the new deputy
commissioner of TE/GE. She will report to Steven T. Miller,
who recently was named TE/GE commissioner. Prior to this
assignment, Ingram was TE/GE counsel in the Office of Chief

"We've made discouraging and deterring non-compliance by tax
exempt and government entities a Service-wide priority," IRS
Commissioner Mark W. Everson said. "As recent hearings
indicate, we have a lot of work ahead of us. With the
appointments announced today and the recent appointment of
Steve Miller, we have a strong team in place to do this

"Sarah is an expert in the areas under TE/GE jurisdiction,"
Everson said, "and we are fortunate to have her in TE/GE.
Sarah was part of the modernization design team that created
the TE/GE Division, and she brings strong management and
practical skills to the position, as well as a wealth of
legal expertise."

Ingram received her law degree from Georgetown University
Law School. She began her career in the former Tax
Litigation Division in 1982 and served, successively, as
Employee Plans litigation counsel, special counsel to the
chief counsel and, starting in 1994, associate chief counsel
(Employee Benefits and Exempt Organizations). She was
appointed in 1999 to the new position of division
counsel/associate chief counsel (TE/GE), which is
responsible for providing legal services to the TE/GE
Division and its customers.

Everson also announced the appointment of Martha Sullivan as
the new director of the Exempt Organizations Division,
responsible for administering and enforcing the tax laws
that apply to more than 1.6 million organizations (including
approximately 400,000 churches) recognized by the IRS as
exempt from tax. "Martha brings a fine legal mind and
cutting edge experience in redesigning and refocusing a
compliance program," TE/GE Commissioner Steven T. Miller
said. "With our recent emphasis on enforcement in the
tax-exempt sector of the economy, Marthas perspective and
experience will be invaluable."

Before this appointment, Sullivan served as compliance
director in the IRS's Small Business/Self-Employed Division
(SBSE) and most recently acted as deputy commissioner for
SBSE. Sullivan began her IRS career in 1973 in the Brooklyn
District. She graduated from the Brooklyn Law School and
joined the Office of Chief Counsel in Manhattan in 1977.
During her career she also served as regional counsel in the
IRS's Central and Western regions.

Everson also announced the appointment of Preston Butcher as
director of Government Entities (GE). As director, Butcher
will oversee a broad range of specialized tax administration
and compliance programs that apply to government entities.
He replaces Charles Peterson, who recently left GE to lead
the IRS Executive Development Program.

"Preston is an ideal choice as director of Government
Entities," Miller said. "He comes to the position with a
strong compliance background as the head of Employee Plans
examination program. He will be in a unique position to
apply that experience to GE programs, which have now been
receiving increased visibility as a result of the IRS
modernization effort."

Butcher served as the director of the Employee Plans
examination division since 1999. During his 30-year career
with the IRS, Butcher has held assignments in Washington,
D.C., Phoenix, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Baltimore. He holds
a bachelor's degree in accounting from Cedarville College
and an MBA in management from George Mason University.

Government Entities customers include approximately 86,000
federal, state and local government employers, representing
20 percent of the American workforce, earning about $760
billion annually and paying employment taxes in excess of
$200 billion. GE also oversees the tax administration and
compliance needs of over 560 federally recognized Indian
tribes and administers complex tax law provisions and
compliance programs covering tax-exempt bonds. Tax-exempt
bond value has grown to over $1.6 trillion in recent years.

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