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IRS Names Four New Members to ACT Panel

The Internal Revenue Service has selected four new members to the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). The ACT consists of external stakeholders and representatives who deal with employee retirement plans, tax-exempt organizations, tax-exempt bonds and federal, state, local and Indian tribal governments.

ACT members generally serve a two-year term with a possible one-year extension. The four new participants join 17 returning members.

The new members are:

Employee Plans

Alison Cohen, Atlanta, Ga.
Cohen is a benefits lawyer working for Transamerica Retirement Solutions, specializing in the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) corrections. She has 18 years of experience working with retirement plans. From plan operations to presentation and sales, to resolution of complex legal issues, Cohen has broad experience and knowledge of the real world of retirement plan law. Cohen received a B.A. in Political Science from Rice University, Houston and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego. 

Stuart A. Sirkin, Washington, D. C.
Sirkin is a benefits lawyer with The Segal Company. He gained vast experience on employee plans while working at the IRS, the Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), the Senate Finance Committee, as well as consulting and law firms and through his involvement with interagency task forces, American Bar Association subcommittees and other groups. Sirkin received a B.A. in Economics from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; a Masters in Labor Economics from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University Law School, New York, and a Masters in Tax Law from the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Exempt Organizations

Virginia Gross, Kansas City, Mo.
Ms. Gross is a shareholder in the law firm of Polsinelli PC and has been a tax attorney for more than 22 years. Her practice is devoted to advising and counseling tax-exempt and governmental organizations on federal tax law and governance matters, including reporting, compliance and structural issues.  Gross has extensive experience working with private foundations and other grant-making entities, healthcare organizations, colleges and universities, supporting organizations and other public charities, social clubs, and associations.  She also works with many nonprofit boards of directors on governance matters and writes and presents extensively on legal matters for tax-exempt organizations, including Form 990 reporting, governance issues, and private foundation law. Gross received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law, Austin. 

David Moja, Orlando, Fla.
Moja is a Partner and National Director of Not-for-Profit Tax Services at Capin Crouse LLP. With 26 years of accounting experience, he has worked both inside not-for-profit organizations and for public accounting firms. Moja has extensive experience serving colleges and universities, associations, global missions organizations, churches, chambers of commerce, children’s advocacy groups and environmental organizations. Moja has spoken extensively on tax-exempt organization issues to a wide variety of groups and conducts regular webcasts on exempt organizations issues. Moja is a licensed CPA in Florida, Georgia and Colorado and received a B.S. in Accounting from Florida State University, Tallahassee.

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