Today, IVIX, the first AI-powered platform designed to help authorities address tax evasion at scale, announced John D. (Don) Fort and Deborah Pianko will join the company as Chief Business Officer and Director of Sales (North America). Mr. Fort brings to IVIX nearly 30 years in law enforcement for the federal government, including three years as Chief of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation (CI) Division. Ms. Pianko is a subject-matter expert in tax fraud detection and compliance issues and a former Principal at SAS, an industry leader in analytics, artificial intelligence, and data management. These two new additions join a talented and versatile team of AI management, intelligence, and tax fraud experts helping tax agencies combat tax evasion in the shadow economy.
“We are excited to welcome this talented group of experts to IVIX at a transformational and challenging time for the global and digital economy,” said Matan Fattal, co-founder, and CEO of IVIX. “Each year, there is an estimated $20 trillion in untaxed income, which is only growing as cryptocurrencies and NFTs, online gambling, short-term rentals, and other digital ventures offer new ways to earn and also avoid a tax burden. Don and Deborah’s unparalleled expertise will play a critical role in IVIX’s growth and leadership as we serve our established client base in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and as we continue to bring on new customers looking to increase their efficiency and close the tax gap.”
“With the challenges currently facing taxing authorities around the world, partnering with private industry firms with unique expertise is a key component to effective tax administration. IVIX offers a unique and innovative tool that tax agencies need to enhance their existing capabilities with technology to identify tax non-compliance,” said Don Fort, former IRS CI Chief, and IVIX’s Chief Business Officer. “My experience as Chief of IRS-CI, where we effectively utilized private-public partnerships to root out tax fraud and tax non-compliance, led to groundbreaking work in data analytics and ultimately helped identify tax fraud and hold bad actors accountable. I look forward to continuing these important efforts by helping more tax agencies have access to the powerful IVIX platform.”
“IVIX is a unique company in both its platform and mission, leveraging innovative AI-powered technology to help governments address tax avoidance and support public services,” said Deborah Pianko, Director of Sales (North America) at IVIX. “Tax noncompliance in the shadow economy is one of the greatest challenges facing governments around the world and IVIX will help tax agencies get ahead of the game. I’m excited to join them in this next chapter of my career and look forward to leveraging my years of experience in the private and public sector to help our clients close the tax gap.”