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July 25, 2006

REGION 5 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT LETTER 008-06

MEMORANDUM TO:         Region 5 State Workforce System Administrators 
 

FROM:                        Byron Zuidema
                                  BYRON ZUIDEMA
                                  Regional Administrator

SUBJECT:  Quad-Annual Federal/State Tax Performance System (TPS) Review

1.  Purpose. To advise States of the schedule for the 2006 TPS Federal/State Team Reviews.

2.  References. None.

3.  Links.  This Letter is in the Region 5 website archive at:

http://www.doleta.gov/regions/reg05/pages/libraryissuances.cfm.

4.  Background. TPS Coordinators/Reviewers conduct reviews of their States' tax functions annually.  Additionally, each year, State TPS reviewers are required to participate with Federal and TPS staff from other States as a team, to review a sample of TPS Acceptance Sample cases in two Region 5 States.  The objective of the Federal/State Team Review is to validate the original findings of the TPS reviewer. 

5.  Substance. Funds have been designated for travel for TPS reviewers, which will enable all State TPS staff to participate in the Team Reviews.  All State reviewers’ travel expenses will be reimbursed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Team Reviews will be conducted during one week in each State under review. The second 2006 Team Review will be conducted in Columbus, OH during the week of October 2, 2006. The Attachment to this Letter is the review schedule that will apply in Ohio during the 2006 Federal/State TPS review. 

6.  Team Review.  The TPS Coordinator/Reviewer of the host State will be responsible for coordinating the availability of the appropriate State Tax staff responsible for the functions being reviewed.  The Federal/State Team will review seven Acceptance Samples for each Tax function to determine the adequacy of the required documentation.  The Team members will present their findings to the State Agency Tax Chief and interested State staff at the end of the visit.

7. Hotel Accommodations.  A block of rooms has been secured for team members at the hotel listed below. Each team member should call to reserve his/her room:

The Columbus, A Renaissance Hotel
50 North 3rd Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
800.228.9290
614.228.5050

For the nights of October 2-6, 2006 the rate is $88.00 per night, plus 16.75 percent tax.  When calling for reservations, ask for the USDOL Tax Review block. The cut-off date for this room block is September 11, 2006. Please visit the hotel website for information on hotel amenities.

8.  Action. State Workforce System Administrators are requested to share this Letter with UI Directors, Tax (Revenue) Managers and to designate Tax Performance System Coordinators/Reviewers. TPS staff should obtain out-of-State travel authorization from their State Agency in order to participate on the team.

9.  Contact.  Comments or questions concerning the 2006 Ohio TPS Review may be directed to Sandy Diaz on 312.596.5443. Comments or questions about the format of this Letter may be directed to Tom Coyne on 312.596.5435.

10.  Expiration Date. October 2, 2006.

11.  Attachment. Ohio 2006 TPS Review Schedule.


Attachment

Ohio - 2006 TPS Review Schedule
October 2 through October 6, 2006

Monday

1:00 – 2:00 pm

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Entrance Conference

Begin Case Reviews

Tuesday – Thursday

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Case Reviews

Case Findings Summary

Friday

8:00 -11:00 am

11:00 am - Noon

Prepare Findings & Recommendations

Presentation to State Executive
& Tax Staff


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