Eric Hylton


Commissioner of the IRS Small Business / Self-Employed Division

Eric Hylton is the commissioner of the Small Business/Self-Employed Division. He was appointed to the position in September 2019. He oversees taxpayer programs and services affecting the nation’s small business and self-employed individuals. He is responsible for providing executive leadership and direction to a nationwide staff of approximately 20,000 employees responsible for service and enforcement programs for taxpayers who file personal, corporate, flow-through, employment, excise and estate and gift tax returns.

Prior to this position, Mr. Hylton served as the deputy chief, CI. He assisted the chief, CI in directing worldwide programs for investigating potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes in a manner that fosters confidence in the tax system and compliance with the law. Prior to his assignment as deputy chief, Mr. Hylton was the executive director, Office of International Operations for CI. In that position, he was responsible for developing and implementing an evolving strategic vision to expand CI’s international presence in a challenging and rapidly changing global financial environment. He began his CI career as a special agent and held increasingly responsible positions including assistant director in the CI Office of Narcotics and Counterterrorism; assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office; and special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Field Office.

Mr. Hylton is also the former chair for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development -Task Force for Tax Crimes and Other Financial Crimes and was based in Paris, France. As Chair, Eric led a multilateral commission of 40 international criminal tax organizations to develop methodologies and typologies on emerging global criminal tax and financial crimes threats.

Mr. Hylton completed the IRS Candidate Development Program in 2013. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Morehouse College and is a native of Washington.

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