Face To Face With The Irs

What's Washington doing to make life easier--or harder--for small business?

Small-business owners say the government agency that most affects their lives is the Internal Revenue Service. With tax-filing season under way, BUSINESS WEEK asked Internal Revenue Commissioner Margaret M. Richardson and National Federation of Independent Business President S. Jackson Faris to address independent contractors, auditing, and IRS efforts to make paying taxes easier for small businesses. Washington Correspondent Mike McNamee led the discussion.

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