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's 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 2019 final report (PDF).
Mission and Composition
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 serves as an advisory body to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. IRSAC's primary purpose is to provide an organized public forum for discussion of relevant tax administration issues between Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials and representatives of the public.
The IRSAC presents an annual report of recommendations to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. As an advisory body designed to focus on broad policy matters, 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.
The IRSAC members are selected through a structured, IRS-managed application process that seeks members 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.
Open Season for IRSAC Membership
The IRS will next accept nominations for IRSAC in spring 2021. Members will serve a three-year term to begin in January 2022. IRSAC members are drawn from substantially diverse backgrounds representing a cross-section of the taxpaying public. Nominations of qualified individuals may come from individuals or organizations. All travel expenses within government guidelines will be reimbursed. Members must pass an IRS tax compliance check and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint check.
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