IRS seeks nominations for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council for 2021


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IR-2020-79, April 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced it is accepting applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC). Applications will be accepted through June 12, 2020.

The IRSAC serves as an advisory body to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service 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, discusses relevant information reporting issues, addresses matters concerning tax-exempt and government entities and conveys the public's perception of professional standards and best practices for tax professionals.

IRSAC members are appointed to three-year terms by the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service 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 2021.

Nominations of qualified individuals may come from individuals or organizations. IRSAC members are drawn from substantially 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 one of the following areas:

Large Business & International

  • International tax expertise
  • Experience as a certified public accountant or tax attorney working in or for a large, sophisticated organization, and/or
  • 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, and/or
  • Knowledge of fiduciary tax

Tax Exempt & Government Entities

  • Experience in exempt organizations
  • Experience with Indian tribal governments and/or
  • Experience with other aspects of TE/GE

Wage & Investment

  • Knowledge of tax law application/tax preparation experience
  • Familiarity with IRS tax forms and publications
  • Knowledge of the audit process
  • Experience educating on tax issues and topics
  • Knowledge of income tax issues related to refundable credits
  • Tax software industry experience
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly experience
  • Experience applying industry benchmarks to operations
  • Financial services information technology background with knowledge of technology innovations in public and private customer service sectors

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 and pass a tax compliance and practitioner check. For those applicants deemed "Best Qualified," FBI fingerprint checks will also be required.

More information, including the application form, is available on the IRS website. Questions about the application process can be emailed to