On April 23, 2013, the Department of Taxation and Finance and the Empire State Development announced the appointment of Mwisa Chisunka as New York State’s first Business Ombudswoman and Director of Business Tax Services and Education. According to the announcement, Ms. Chisunka will work closely with the business community, launch pro-business programs, and work with chambers of commerce, small business development centers, trade associations and nonprofit organizations. It appears that the function of this new position is particularly addressed to tax issues of interest to New York’s business community, while the Taxpayer Rights Advocate will continue her role of providing more general assistance to all New York State taxpayers and balancing the needs of taxpayer assistance against enforcement efforts.