IRS Advisory Council Releases Its 2017 Annual Report

IR-2017-188, Nov. 15, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) today issued its annual report for 2017, including numerous recommendations to the IRS on new and continuing issues in tax administration.

Report recommendations cover numerous topics including:

  • Adequate Funding for the IRS
  • W-2 Verification Codes
  • The Private Debt Collection Program
  • The Large Business & International Examination Process
  • Establishment of Minimum Standards of Competence for All Tax Practitioners and Tax Return Preparers, and
  • Third-Party Application Programming Interfaces

The IRSAC is a federal advisory committee that reports to the IRS Commissioner. IRSAC provides an organized public forum for the discussion of relevant tax administration issues. Members of the committee convey public perception and offer constructive observations regarding current and proposed IRS policies, programs as well as procedures.

The IRS today also thanked 10 IRSAC members whose terms end this year:

  • Timothy McCormally, IRSAC Chair – KPMG, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Patricia Atwood – Timely Antique Appraisals, LLC, Rockford, Ill.
  • Eunkyong Choi – New York City Taxpayer Advocate, New York, N.Y.
  • Thomas Cullinan – Eversheds Sutherland, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Estarre Fischer – Moss Adams, Seattle, Wash.
  • Neil Fishman – Fishman Associates, CPAs, PA, Boynton Beach, Fla.
  • John McDermott – Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Philips, LLP, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Walter Pagano – EisnerAmper LLP, New York, N.Y.
  • Donald Read – Law Office of Donald H. Read, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Kevin Richards – Illinois Department of Revenue, Springfield, Ill.

Administered by the IRS Office of National Public Liaison, IRSAC draws its members from the taxpaying public, the tax professional community, small and large businesses and the payroll industry.

The full 2017 IRSAC Public Report is available on IRS.gov.