IR-2019-86, May 2, 2019
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is now accepting applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC). Applications will be accepted through June 10, 2019.
The IRSAC serves as an advisory body to the commissioner of Internal Revenue and provides an organized public forum for discussion of relevant tax administration issues between IRS officials and representatives of the public. The IRSAC proposes enhancements to IRS operations, recommends administrative and policy changes to improve taxpayer service, compliance and tax administration. Its members also discuss relevant information reporting issues, address matters concerning tax-exempt and government entities and convey the public’s perception of professional standards and best practices for tax professionals.
IRSAC members are appointed to three-year terms and submit a report to the commissioner annually at a public meeting. Applications are currently being accepted for approximately 14 appointments that will begin in January 2020.
Nominations of qualified individuals may come from individuals or organizations. IRSAC members are drawn from diverse backgrounds representing a cross-section of the taxpaying public with substantial, disparate experience in: tax preparation for individuals, small businesses and/or large, multi-national corporations; information reporting, tax-exempt and government entities; digital services; and professional standards of tax professionals.
Applications should document the proposed member’s qualifications. In particular, the IRSAC is seeking applicants with knowledge and background in the following areas:
Large Business & International
- International tax expertise
- Experience as a certified public accountant working in or for a large, sophisticated organization
- Experience working in-house at a major firm dealing with complex organizations
Small Business & Self-Employed
- Experience with online or digital businesses
- Experience with audit representation
- Experience educating on tax issues and topics
- Knowledge of passthrough entities
- Knowledge of fiduciary tax
Tax Exempt & Government Entities
- Experience in tax exempt bonds
- Experience in employment tax and federal, state, local or Indian tribal governments
Wage & Investment
- Tax software and software industry experience
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly experience
- Experience marketing and applying industry benchmarks to operations
- Background in information technology financial services, with knowledge of technology innovations in public and private customer service sectors
- Experience with S-corporations and partnership information returns
Applicants must be in good standing regarding their own tax obligations and demonstrate high professional and ethical standards. All applicants must complete and submit an application, a tax check waiver form and a resume. For those applicants deemed “Best Qualified,” FBI fingerprint checks will also be required.