Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC)

 

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, 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.

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IRS seeks nominations for the 2023 Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council

IR-2022-94, April 25, 2022 — The Internal Revenue Service today announced it’s accepting applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council for 2023. Applications will be accepted through June 3, 2022.

IRSAC holds approximately four, two-day working sessions and at least one public meeting per year. Members are not paid for their services; any travel expenses are reimbursed within federal government guidelines.

Who can apply?

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 large, multi-national corporations; tax-exempt and government entities; information reporting; and taxpayer or consumer advocacy. Nominations of qualified individuals may come from individuals or organizations.

In particular, the IRSAC is seeking applicants with knowledge and background in some of the following areas:

  • Individual Wage & Investment
    • Knowledge of tax law application/tax preparation experience, income tax issues related to refundable credits, the audit process, and/or how information returns are used and integrated for compliance,
    • Experience educating on tax issues and topics with multi-lingual taxpayer communications and taxpayer advocacy or contact center operations, marketing/applying industry benchmarks to operations with tax software industry and/or with the creation or use of diverse information returns used to report income, deductions, withholding or other information for tax purposes,
    • Familiarity with IRS tax forms and publications and with IRS’s online applications (e.g., Online Account, EITC Assistant, etc.) and
    • Financial services information technology background with knowledge of technology innovations in public and private customer service sectors.
       
  • Small Business & Self-Employed
    • Knowledge or experience with virtual currency/cryptocurrency and/or peer to peer payment applications,
    • Knowledge of passthrough entities and/or fiduciary tax,
    • Experience with online or digital businesses, audit representation and/or educating on tax issues and topics,
    • Knowledge base and/or background related to Collection activities,
    • Experience as a practitioner in one or more underserved communities (e.g., where English is not the first language),
    • Experience with digitalization systems, tools or processes and
    • Marketing experience to help with ideas for increasing uptake of digital tools offered by the IRS.
       
  • Large Business & International
    • Experience as a certified public accountant or tax attorney working in or for a large, sophisticated multinational organization and
    • Experience working in-house at a major firm dealing with tax planning for complex organizations including large multinational corporations and large partnerships.
       
  • Tax Exempt & Government Entities
    • Experience with exempt organizations and
    • Experience with employee plans.
       
  • Information Reporting
    • Payment processors (i.e., Credit Card processors), Colleges/Universities and/or multinational corporations with experience filing information returns.

How do I apply?

To be considered, applicants must complete and submit an application formPDF and resume no later than June 3, 2022, via email to publicliaison@irs.gov or electronic fax to 855-811-8021.

It is important the IRSAC continues to represent a diverse taxpayer and stakeholder base. Accordingly, selections will be based on the applicant’s qualifications, knowledge and background. A clearance process, including IRS tax compliance checks and a practitioner check with the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility, will be conducted. All applicants deemed “Best Qualified” shall also undergo a Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint check. 

Questions about the application process can be emailed to publicliaison@irs.gov.

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. 

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 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; and professional standards of tax professionals.

PDF Documents

IRSAC Annual Report

The IRSAC is required to hold a public meeting each year and to memorialize its advice in at least one written public annual report during the year to ensure transparency in the work of government agencies to keep Congress and the public informed of the activities of various advisory bodies in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

  • May 5, 2022PDF – The public is invited to review minutes of the IRSAC public meeting held on April 27, 2022, during which members discussed issues to be included in the Committee’s next annual report, scheduled to be issued in November 2022. (Posted May 6, 2022)
  • ​​​January 6, 2022PDF – The public is invited to review minutes of the IRSAC public meeting held on November 17, 2021, during which members presented the IRSAC 2021 annual report and recommendations to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. (Posted January 10, 2022)
  • September 22, 2021PDF – The public is invited to review minutes of the IRSAC public meeting held on July 14, 2021, during which members discussed issues to be included in the Committee’s next annual report, scheduled to be issued in November 2021. (Posted October 7, 2021)
  • July 14, 2021PDF – The public is invited to review minutes of the IRSAC public meeting held on July 14, 2021, during which members discussed issues to be included in the Committee’s next annual report, scheduled to be issued in November 2021. (Posted July 20, 2021)
  • April 21, 2021PDF – The public is invited to review minutes of the IRSAC public meeting held on April 21, 2021, during which members discussed issues to be included in the Committee’s next annual report, scheduled to be issued in November 2021. (Posted April 27, 2021)
  • April 28, 2022 – Public Meeting Federal Register notice The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council held a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss topics that may be recommended for inclusion in a future report of the Council.
  • November 17, 2021 – Public Meeting Federal Register notice. The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council held a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. The purpose of the meeting was to present to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue the Council’s recommendations for 2021.
  • September 22, 2021 – Public Meeting Federal Register notice. The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council held a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss topics that may be recommended for inclusion in a future report of the Council.
  • July 14, 2021 – Public Meeting Federal Register notice. The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council held a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss topics that may be recommended for inclusion in a future report of the Council.
  • April 21, 2021 – Public Meeting Federal Register notice. The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council held a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss topics that may be recommended for inclusion in a future report of the Council.
  • November 18, 2020 – Public Meeting Federal Register noticePDF.