Demystifying the IRS with Molly Cain and Harrison Smith

Demystifying the IRS with Molly Cain and Harrison Smith

Harrison Smith
Molly Cain

Show Notes

In today’s episode, Tyler takes a step away from defense tech and welcomes in Harrison Smith and Molly Cain from the IRS. The three talk about the opportunities for commercial technology in federal agencies as well as some of the interesting transformation that this team is driving over at the IRS. Harrison and Molly open up about what it’s like to work together, how they aim to increase partnerships with startups and why they are dedicated to making the tax experience more efficient, and enjoyable, for all parties involved.

What’s Happening on the Second Front:
  • Why commercial companies should work with the IRS: Each step of the pitch to contract process 
  • Additional ways the government can support startups beyond SBIR grants
  • Important things you didn’t know the IRS was responsible for
  • Making taxes easy and enjoyable to drive voluntary compliance

Connect with Harrison: LinkedIn

Connect with Molly: LinkedIn

Connect with Tyler: LinkedIn | Website

This show is produced by Soulfire Productions

Top Relevant Quotes:

“When I talk about government technology, everyone always thinks it’s this big, mystical thing, but it’s not. It’s a regulated industry. They have a way they buy and they have processes for how they pay. It’s the same as going to pharma or healthcare.”
Tyler Sweatt - 4:53

“Nobody likes paying taxes, but we know that we have to as citizens. When I was hired, my challenge was to make the experience easier and better in an attempt to increase voluntary compliance.”
Molly Cain - 14:00

“A lot of people don’t want to get into the federal or civilian space because they think it’s going to be some incredibly long effort. Sometimes it is, but in this space (IRS), the average time from solicitation to award is 27 calendar days.”
Harrison Smith- 20:26

“I feel success when I help the system function as it’s intended, which is to benefit people. That, to me, is what it’s all about.”
Harrison Smith - 26:23

“Your dream job is absolutely possible. Look for jobs where you can work with very cool people. If you can believe it, that even makes the IRS fun.
Molly Cain - 28:00



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