Barr leaving IRS for Dell
- By Judi Hasson
- Jan 01, 1990
Robert Barr, who helped fast-forward the Internal Revenue Service into the
Information Age, is leaving government to join Dell Computer Corp. as director
of federal marketing.
As the IRS' assistant commissioner for electronic tax administration, Barr
has been responsible for laying out a strategic plan to meet the congressional
goal of 80 percent of all taxpayers filing online by 2007.
"I set a goal for myself that I would remain in public service long enough
to believe that the snowball was unstoppable. I firmly believe it at this
point," Barr said in a telephone interview Thursday.
"E-business at the IRS is engaged, and it is the future of the agency,"
Since Barr's arrival at the agency three years ago, electronic payments
have grown from $384 million to $1.5 billion annually; electronic filing
of tax returns has increased from 19 million to 34.5 million, and the IRS
Web site has gone from its infancy to 1.5 billion hits per year.
"In the last three years, filing taxes electronically has soared," IRS commissioner
Charles Rossotti. "During this period, Bob Barr has skillfully managed this
key program for the IRS."
Barr will be replaced by Terry Lutes, who will be the acting ETA commissioner.
Lutes most recently worked for the IRS at its Martinsburg, Va., computing
Prior to joining the IRS in October 1997, Barr served as a vice president
at Intuit Inc., the developer of Quicken and TurboTax.