IRS Announces New Chief of IRS Appeals

By and on November 29, 2016

In further changes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Appeals Division, it was recently announced that Donna C. Hansberry will replace Kirsten B. Wielobob as chief of IRS Appeals. Ms. Hansberry is currently the deputy commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division. She started as a trial attorney for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in 1987 and was previously assistant to the commissioner (attorney-advisor for tax). Ms. Weilobob will move to the position of deputy commissioner for services and enforcement.

There have been very significant changes to IRS Appeals during the last several months that challenge whether the division will continue to be a successful tool for taxpayers and the IRS to resolve difficult cases that are stuck at the Exam Division. The “changing of the guard” may be a sign of more changes to come. Indeed, Ms. Hansberry was formerly a trial attorney and was in charge of the Joint International Tax Shelter Information Centre, director of global high wealth and abusive transactions. For prior coverage on changes at IRS Appeals, see our previous articles:

“More Changes to IRS Appeals Procedures”

“IRS Appeals – Changes Afoot?”

“IRS Updates Rules Regarding Appeals Conferences”

Andrew R. Roberson
Andrew (Andy) R. Roberson focuses his practice on tax controversy and litigation matters. He represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Examination Division and Appeals Office and has been involved in over 75 matters at all levels of the federal court system, including the US Tax Court and Federal District Courts, several US Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Andy has experience settling tax disputes through alternative dispute resolution procedures, including Fast Track Settlement and Post-Appeals Mediation, and in representing clients in Compliance Assurance Process (CAP) audits. In addition to representing corporations and partnerships in tax disputes, he also represents high net-worth individuals and assists taxpayers needing to make voluntary disclosures. Read Andy Roberson's full bio.


Kevin Spencer
Kevin Spencer focuses his practice on tax controversy issues. Kevin represents clients in complicated tax disputes in court and before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the IRS Appeals and Examination divisions. In addition to his tax controversy practice, Kevin has broad experience advising clients on various tax issues, including tax accounting, employment and reasonable compensation, civil and criminal tax penalties, IRS procedures, reportable transactions and tax shelters, renewable energy, state and local tax, and private client matters. After earning his Master of Tax degree, Kevin had the privilege to clerk for the Honorable Robert P. Ruwe on the US Tax Court. Read Kevin Spencer's full bio.

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