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FMG Awarded 5-Year BPA to Assist the IRS with Experimental Economics Research on Taxpayer Services

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Arlington, Virginia - October 1, 2014 - Fors Marsh Group LLC (FMG), a DC-area research and consulting firm, has been awarded a five-year Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to provide the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Office of Research with expertise in methods of experimental economics for use in estimating how various taxpayer services influence the level of taxpayer filing and voluntary compliance.

‘FMG is proud to announce this extension of our relationship with the IRS,' said Ben Garthwaite, senior vice president. ‘We've been a partner to the IRS for a number of years and this BPA will provide another opportunity for us to continue supporting the IRS' use of research to solve complex challenges and better serve taxpayers.'

Under the BPA, FMG will conduct economic research using a variety of data collection methods including surveys, field studies, and behavior-based laboratory experiments.

As a research partner to the IRS, FMG consistently solves problems while maintaining the highest levels of scientific rigor and transparency. In addition to the newly announced BPA, FMG hold multi-year contracts to provide the IRS with research and consulting support in the following subject areas:

  • Customer Satisfaction Survey Research: FMG fields numerous taxpayer studies across the many divisions and programs of the IRS including Wage & Investment, Media & Publications, and Small Business/Self-Employed.
  • Consumer Tipping Behavior: FMG is currently working to develop, test, and report a statistically robust estimate of total tip income, tipping rates, and stiffing rates for major industries and occupations where tipping is prevalent.
  • Forms and Publications: FMG conducts quantitative and qualitative research and usability testing to ensure that the IRS' tax forms, instructions, and publications are designed and written in ways that are easily understood by the diverse taxpaying population.

About Fors Marsh Group

Headquartered in Arlington, Va., Fors Marsh Group LLC is a certified small business dedicated to providing research support and strategy consulting for improved organizational decision making. Fors Marsh Group supports Government agencies including Defense Human Resources Activity, Federal Voting Assistance Program, Internal Revenue Service , Food and Drug Administration, General Services Administration, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). For more information, please visit

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