Regulatory Affairs Resources

The activities of the federal agencies and departments of the United States government permeate the business of real estate in a variety of ways. Whether the activity is issuing formal rules, pursuing an enforcement action, or engaging in industry supervision, the buying and selling of real estate is impacted by the actions of more than 25 federal and independent agencies and departments. NAR tracks the activity of these agencies, focusing exclusively on issues affecting REALTORS®, their businesses, and their clients. In addition to being experts on matters ranging from banking regulation to environmental concerns, NAR staff also manage relationships with the agencies to ensure NAR member priorities are always carefully considered. A list of agencies pertinent to REALTORS® can be found at

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The IRS is responsible for collecting taxes and administering the Internal Revenue Code, which contains the great majority of the federal tax laws in the U.S. Its duties also include assisting the Treasury Department in setting tax policy through regulations, which are designed to provide guidance to taxpayers in complying with the tax laws. IRS is also responsible for providing assistance to taxpayers and pursuing and resolving cases of erroneous or fraudulent tax filings.
Directory, Federal Taxation
Federal Policy & Industry Relations