The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) was established by Congress through the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 to provide continuing public input into the development and implementation of the IRS organizational strategy for electronic tax administration. The ETAAC provides an organized public forum for discussion of issues such as prevention of identity theft and refund fraud in support of the overriding goal that paperless filing should be the preferred and most convenient method of filing tax and information returns. ETAAC members convey public perceptions of IRS electronic tax administration activities, offer constructive observations about current or proposed policies, programs and procedures, and suggest improvements.
Mission and Composition
The ETAAC will also provide an annual report to Congress on IRS progress in meeting the Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 goals for electronic filing of tax and information returns. The ETAAC researches, analyzes, considers and makes recommendations on a wide range of electronic tax administration issues such as identity theft and refund fraud and provides input into the development of the strategic plan for electronic tax administration.
ETAAC members represent various segments of the tax professional community including tax practitioners and preparers, tax software developers, large and small businesses, employers and payroll service providers, individual taxpayers and consumer advocates, the financial industry (payers, payment options and best practices), system integrators (technology providers), academia (marketing, sales, or technical perspectives), trusts and estates, tax exempt organizations, and state and local governments.
Open Season for ETAAC Membership
The IRS will accept nominations for ETAAC until May 10, 2018, and is looking for qualified individuals who will serve three-year terms. ETAAC members will work closely with the Security Summit, a joint effort of the IRS, state tax administrators and tax software industry to fight electronic fraud. Nominations may come from individuals, professional associations or other organizations. ETAAC members are drawn from substantially diverse backgrounds. All travel expenses within government guidelines will be reimbursed. Members must pass an IRS tax compliance check, an IRS Office of Professional Responsibility practitioner check and Federal Bureau of Investigation background investigation.
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