CHICAGO -- The Internal Revenue Service plans to launch its random audit program for tax-exempt bonds before the end of the year, an agency official told bond lawyers here on Thursday.

IRS officials will begin the program by sending survey letters to issuers of one or two categories of bonds issued in 1986 and 1987, Debra Kawecki said at a tax enforcement session and interview at the National Association of Bond Lawyers annual workshop. Kawecki is an assistant branch chief with the IRS' exempt organizations division.

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