For many years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has grown to help serve our community and taxpayers. Today, the Criminal Investigation Agency, also known as CI, has been working hard to better our community by tackling tax fraud and other financial crimes. The hard work and efforts of this agency are sometimes overlooked or unknown. This week, Kelly invites Don Fort, the Chief of IRS-CI to explore the crucial work and educate listeners on how the agency provides a backbone for us, worldwide.

Learn About IRS-Criminal Investigation From the Chief

As Don Fort states, “Most crimes are financially driven.” When you start to break down crime, the majority of the cases are related to financial matters. This supports the fact that the CI team always has their hands full, and never stumble upon a shortage of cases. Don has been with the IRS for 29 years now, holding roughly nine leadership positions. If anyone can explain the ins and outs of the IRS, it’s Don. In this episode, Don and Kelly touch base on the organization itself, the cases they face, and the future that lies ahead.

Listen to Kelly and Don discuss more about IRS-CI, including: 

  • The History on the Intelligence Unit and Criminal Investigation 
  • Don’s Career path with the IRS and how he became Chief  
  • Don’s successes and special stories that shaped his Career 
  • The truths about Special Agents and Jurisdictions  
  • All about the Academy
  • IRS initiating cases versus being sought out for them 
  • Don’s most memorable and highlighted achievements with the IRS 
  • The intensity and timeline of cases 
  • Danger behind the scenes 
  • How to become a part of the IRS or CI team 
  • Strong staff and worldwide successes with the Agency 
  • What is next for CI and Don, as he faces retirement   

About Kelly: 

Kelly Phillips Erb created and hosts the Taxgirl podcast, your home for tax news, tax info, and tax policy. In each episode, she shares conversations about taxes, money, and the choices we make. Kelly is a tax attorney who works with taxpayers and tax practitioners like you every day. She helps folks out of tax jams, and hopefully, keeps others from getting into them.

You can find out more about Kelly here and you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin.

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Kelly’s Website: Taxgirl

Don Fort: LinkedIn

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