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The Joint Committee on Taxation study of the overall state of the Federal tax system and recommendations to simplify taxpayer and administrative burdens is required by the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 and funded by appropriations approved by the Congress.
The study was prepared and produced by virtually the entire Joint Committee staff. Special recognition must be given to Mary Schmitt and Carolyn Smith who helped on every stage of this project, from planning and coordinating staff teams to the final editing of the report. In addition, Rick Grafmeyer, who left the staff last year, was instrumental in assisting in the planning of this report. Cecily Rock, who contributed to various portions of the report, also coordinated the final production of the Joint Committee staff recommendations in Volume II.
This study was prepared by the legislative staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, each of whom contributed to this final product: Carolyn D. Abraham, Secretary; R. Gregory Bailey, Legislation Counsel; Thomas A. Barthold, Senior Economist; E. Ray Beeman, Legislation Counsel; B. Jean Best, Secretary; John H. Bloyer, Chief Clerk; Michael E. Boren, Administrative Assistant; Mary Ann Borrelli, Economist; Tanya Butler, Statistical Analyst; Roger Colinvaux, Legislation Counsel; William J. Dahl, Senior Computer Specialist; John W. Diamond, Economist; Timothy A. Dowd, Economist; Patrick A. Driessen, Senior Economist; Christopher P. Giosa, Economist; H. Benjamin Hartley, Senior Legislation Counsel; Robert P. Harvey, Economist; Patricia A. Hensley, Data Set Specialist; Harold E. Hirsch, Senior Legislation Counsel; Thomas P. Holtmann, Economist; Melani Houser, Chief Statistical Analyst; Deirdre A. James, Legislation Counsel; Ronald A. Jeremias, Senior Economist; Gary Koenig, Economist; Thomas F. Koerner, Associate Deputy Chief of Staff; Lauralee A. Matthews, Senior Legislation Counsel; Patricia M. McDermott, Legislation Counsel; Debra L. McMullen, Senior Staff Assistant; Neval E. McMullen, Staff Assistant; Brian A. Meighan, Accountant; Pamela H. Moomau, Senior Economist; Tracy S. Nadel, Director Of Tax Resources; John F. Navratil, Economist; Joseph W. Nega, Legislation Counsel; Hal G. Norman, Computer Specialist; Melissa A. O'Brien, Tax Resource Specialist; Samuel Olchyk, Legislation Counsel; Christopher J. Overend, Economist; Lindy L. Paull, Chief of Staff; Oren S. Penn, Legislation Counsel; Cecily W. Rock, Senior Legislation Counsel; Lucia J. Rogers, Secretary; Bernard A. Schmitt, Deputy Chief of Staff; Mary M. Schmitt, Deputy Chief of Staff; Todd C. Simmens, Legislation Counsel; Christine J. Simmons, Secretary; Carolyn E. Smith, Associate Deputy Chief of Staff; William T. Sutton, Senior Economist; Melvin C. Thomas, Jr., Senior Legislation Counsel; Michael A. Udell, Economist; and Barry L. Wold, Legislation Counsel. In addition, the following former staff members contributed to this report: David P. Hering, Paul M. Schmidt, and Melbert E. Schwarz.
The Joint Committee staff gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the academic and tax policy advisors for the significant commitment of time and substantive contributions they made to the development of this report. The tax policy advisors provided guidance on the principal focus of the report, and the academic advisors provided significant input on the recommendations in the report. The meetings with the advisors were a rare opportunity for our staff to engage in informative and thought-provoking discussions with former government officials and scholars. The advisors are listed in Appendices A and B, respectively, of Volume I. Special recognition is given to three of the advisors who spent significant time working as consultants to the Joint Committee staff: Patricia E. Dilley, Christopher H. Hanna, and Frances R. Hill, and to the advisors who prepared papers for inclusion in Volume III of this study: Jonathan Barry Forman, Deborah A. Geier, Frances R. Hill, Annette Nellen, George K. Yin, and David J. Shakow.
The Joint Committee staff also recognizes the significant contributions of the General Accounting Office and the Congressional Research Service to this study. The work of these organizations is reproduced in Appendices C and D, respectively, of Volume I.
Lindy L. Paull
Appendix C.--General Accounting Office Materials
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1. Adopt uniform definition of compensation for qualified
retirement plans ........
limits for qualified retirement plans
b. Adopt uniform early withdrawal rules ........
and plans of tax-exempt employers
1. In general ..............
2. Qualified retirement plans
1. Modify cafeteria plan election requirements
1. Corporate integration .......
2. Mergers, acquisitions, and related tax-free transactions.....
Redemption Rules ......
1. Modernize references to "limited partner" and "general partner"
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