Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council Facts
Consistent with the Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) emphasized taxpayer rights and contemplated a new, refocused IRS, providing top quality taxpayer service. To meet these objectives, the IRS was restructured into four operating divisions, Large & Midsize Business (LMSB), renamed in 2010 to Large Business & International (LB&I), Small Business & Self-Employed (SB/SE), Tax Exempt & Government Entities (TEGE), and Wage & Investment (W&I); each dedicated to the specific needs of similarly situated taxpayer segments. This centralized focus was intended to facilitate uniform and consistent practices across geographic areas.
Three elements were and remain vital to the success of the modernization effort: (i) all participants in, and observers of, the reorganization process must accept realistic time requirements for full implementation/integration; (ii) the critical nature of resource support for purposes of ensuring successful implementation; and (iii) the continued interest and support of key stakeholders.
The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) conveys the public's perception of IRS' activities and, plays a significant role as external evaluator regarding the reorganization and its implementation. The commentary and assistance provided by the IRSAC during the modernization effort were particularly helpful. As the IRS moves forward the Council will continue to advise the IRS regarding tax administration policy, programs, and initiatives, and it is contemplated that similar significance will add to the Advisory Council's advice in addressing new challenges. Read the IRSAC 2016 final report. Read the IRSAC 2015 Renewal Charter and Balance Plan.
Authorized under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Public Law No. 92-463, the first Advisory Group to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue – or the Commissioner's Advisory Group ("CAG") – was established in 1953 as a "national policy and/or issue advisory committee." Renamed in 1998 to reflect the agency-wide scope of its focus as an advisory body, the IRSAC's primary purpose is to provide an organized public forum for senior IRS executives and representatives of the public to discuss relevant tax administration issues. As an advisory body designed to focus on broad policy matters, the IRSAC reviews existing tax policy and/or recommends policies with respect to emerging tax administration issues. The IRSAC suggests operational improvements, offers constructive observations regarding current or proposed IRS policies, programs, and procedures, and advises the Commissioner with respect to issues having substantive effect on federal tax administration.
Conveying the public's perception of IRS activities to the Commissioner, the IRSAC is comprised of individuals who bring substantial, disparate experience and diverse backgrounds on the Council's activities. Membership is balanced to include representation from the taxpaying public, the tax professional community, small and large businesses, state tax administration, and the payroll community.
Read the latest and past IRSAC reports.
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