IRS Advisory Council releases its 2018 annual report


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IR-2018-221, November 15, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) today issued its annual report for 2018, including recommendations to the IRS on new and continuing issues in tax administration.

The IRSAC is a federal advisory committee that provides an organized public forum for discussion of relevant tax administration issues between IRS officials and representatives of the public. IRSAC members offer constructive observations regarding current or proposed IRS policies, programs and procedures.

“As I saw firsthand, IRSAC provides a valuable role for the tax community to provide insight and recommendations for the nation’s tax system,” said IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, a former member and chair of the IRSAC. “The IRS appreciates the work of the members, and we look forward to reviewing the report.”

The 2018 Annual Report covers a broad range of topics and concerns including:

  • The IRS Budget
  • Electronic Third-Party Authentication
  • Transfer Pricing Documentation
  • Tax Pro Account
  • Updating Circular 230

Commissioner Rettig and IRS executives also thanked six members of the council whose terms end this year:

  • Dennis J. Ventry, Jr., IRSAC Chair – University of California Davis School of Law, Davis, Calif.
  • Brenda Bianculli – Brenda M. Bianculli, CPA, LLC, Charlton, Mass.
  • Stuart Hurwitz – Stuart M. Hurwitz, CPA Law Offices, San Diego, Calif.
  • Shawn O’Brien – Mayer Brown LLP, Houston, Texas
  • Stephanie Salavejus – PenSoft, Newport News, Va.
  • Dave Thompson, Jr. – Alabama State University, Montgomery, Ala.

The IRSAC is administered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act by the Office of National Public Liaison and draws its members from the taxpaying public, the tax professional community, small and large businesses and the payroll community.

The full 2018 IRSAC Public ReportPDF is available on