The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 12, 1966 · Page 5
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Blythevlll* (Ark,) Courier News - Tuesday, April 12, 19M - P«je ITri Collects Your Taxes •;. By TOM NOLAN Newspaper Enterprise Assn. WASHINGTON - (NBA) After a Tew brief remarks from former Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Mortimer Caplin, the chairman at a recent'sem- inar of tax experts asked for a volunteer from the floor to lead off the discussion period. A tall, crew-cut young man ttood up and started to speak. "Just a minute, young man," interjected the chairman. "Please state your name and position.'.' "I'm Mr. Caplin's successor," was the quite answer. To 38-year-old Sheldon Cohen, STACKING UP—This fancy cmoke stack dresses up the superstructure of the 25,800-ton Angelina Lauro, new Italian luxury liner which used to be the Dutch Oranje. who has headed IRS for a little over 16 months, public relat- tions is something of a bugaboo. Tin a reluctant dragon when it comes to acting out a role in front of the public," he says. The modest Cohen, nevertheless, has taken great palm to Implement the Lyndon Johnson philosophy of bringing the government to the people in his first year on the job. If anything, he has made himself even more accessible to the public than predecessor Caplin, an extrovert who spent about half his time on the speech and inspection circuit. Mainly, the youthful Cohen— "The most striking thing about him," says a friend, "is that he looks 10 years younger than he really is"—has stressed the duty of his organization to assist and Inform taxpayers. He still finds it amazing that last year Americans overpaid their taxes by nearly $240 million. These errors occurred he- cause people failed to read the instructions, misinterpreted the law or "hadn't had the new math, or the old math either," as he puts it. Cohen has instituted several changes which he hopes will help correct these errors. In 15 of the largest cities, for example, IRS offices in "the workingman's district" are open in the evening and on weekends to provide counseling services for taxpayers who can't make it during the day. He hired outside consultants, including a graphic arts firm, to make the standard tax forms easier to understand and more attractive. This form is the only contact the average taxpayer has with IRS and, to Cohen, "it shouldn't be something that horrifies and frightens him." But Cohen's major accomplishments have been in the administrative and automation fields. As an IRS commissioner, his credentials are impeccable. Many of IRS' 60,000 employ- es are lawyers; many more are accountants. Cohen is the first commissioner who is both. Before advancing to the top slot, he spent a year as IRS' chief counsel. He also spent seven years on the other side of the fence as a tax attorney, four year's with Adlai Stevenson's law firm and three years with Arnold, Fortas & Porter, two of the Johnson administration's principal recruiting grounds for government service. Internal reorganizations instituted last' year by Cohen resulted in savings of $17.1 million, the most spectacular of which revamped the procedure for processing refunds of over $100tOOO. This year, Cohen's method will save nine months of time, $2 million in interest and $800,000 in manpower. Like any organization which faces inundation from paperwork IRS has to think modern. "We're forced to be progressive," says Cohen. "If we wera trying to process returns today like we did in 1951, we'd have to hire four times as many people." ! And, like other organiza-| tions, IRS has discovered that computerization is not- a one- way Easy Street. IRS' mam- A HIGH-GEAR GAL—She describes Marlon Brando as "the most marvelous thing"; she would like to work in Hollywood; she's happy about the good reviews she won in her latest picture, "A Man Could Get Killed," with James Garner. Who? Melina Mercouri, of course, of "Never on a Sunday" fame. U.S. Individual Income Tax Return forth.'ytarJininryl-Dtc«mb«r31.1985 or eth.r taxabl. yair ba|lnnln(.,_ 19b5, ending ,19 .US Treasury Department— Internal Revenue SarvEe* 'I'm a reluctant dragon , TAe tax form shouldn't horrify the 'I'm not your God; just your citizen.' commissioner/ Va., was in the worto before Cohen was named commis- SPECIAL! this Month ... Genuine DELCO Shock Absorbers 6 38 each GRAHAM'S GARAGE 127 S. 1st PO 3-4972 sioner but the resulting per- g0 od sense of humor, which sonnel complications were drop- sometimes borders on the draped into his lao. j matic. He happened to be in his combination of diSrict director's Manhattan office when the New York City Through a retraining courses and job transfers, Cohen kept his pay-1 blackout struck last fall. roll pretty much intact. Some' An agent hurriedly summon- jobs were made obsolete Jed with flashlights entered the by the computer, but no peo- office and beamed his light pie. full in Cohen's face. "I'd like you The energetic Cohen has a'to meet Mr. Sheldon Cohen," said the director. "Oh, my God!" blurted the agent, quickly turning the flashlight to other quarters. "No," sighed Cohen. "I'm not your God; just your commissioner." Charles Darwin, the English naturalist, is buried in . Westminster Abbey. Worry of FALSE TEETH Slipping or Irritating? Don't 6e emDarrassed UT loose false teeth slipping, dropping or ™*WtoB Z^&VMtfj&B sfS^i^ESMS" E«?a55?lSSSS2SSK FREE 3 MONTHS SUBSCRIPTION TO THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS DAYS ONLY! 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