IRS News Release  
December 12, 2001

IRS Selects Director for Electronic Commerce
In The Large & Mid-Size Business, International, Division

WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service announced today the appointment of James R. Eads, Jr., as the Director, Electronic Commerce, in its Large and Mid-Size Business, International, Division.

As Director, Electronic Commerce, Eads will lead the IRS´s strategic efforts to plan, develop and implement programs and initiatives relating to tax administration and compliance issues associated with the conduct of business electronically, other than e-filing. He will serve as the primary IRS advisor on these issues and will represent the IRS in international meetings and projects.

"Jim Eads will provide leadership and direction on a wide variety of issues concerning the tax administration and compliance implications of e-business," said Larry Langdon, Commissioner, LMSB. "He will be charged with meeting the challenges of e-business, a new and rapidly evolving phenomenon that affects tax administrators and the business community around the world.”

Prior to his appointment, Eads was a partner at Ernst & Young, leading the National Tax Department telecommunications and electronic commerce policy, state and local tax practice. He previously held positions as Senior Attorney and Government Relations Counsel at AT&T, Senior Tax Attorney at Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Chief Counsel at the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

Eads has a bachelor´s degree in Business Administration and a law degree from the University of Arkansas.

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