IRS Advisory Committees General Information

The Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) is an organized public forum for discussion of relevant employee plans, exempt organizations, tax-exempt bonds, and federal, state, local and Indian tribal government issues. The ACT also enables the IRS to receive regular input on the development and implementation of IRS policy concerning these communities. ACT members present interested public's observations about current or proposed IRS policies, programs and procedures as well as suggest improvements through a yearly final report.

The Art Advisory Panel assists IRS by reviewing and evaluating property appraisals submitted by taxpayers in support of the fair market value claimed in works of art involved in federal income, estate and gift tax cases in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code. The panel consists of 25 renowned art experts who serve without compensation.

The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) provides an organized public forum for discussion of electronic tax administration issues in support of the overriding goal that paperless filing should be the preferred and most convenient method of filing tax and information returns. ETAAC members convey the public’s perception of the IRS electronic tax administration activities, offer constructive observations about current or proposed policies, programs, and procedures, and suggest improvements. Read past reports.

The Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) advises the IRS on information reporting issues of mutual concern to the private sector and the federal government. The committee works with the Commissioner and other IRS executives to provide recommendations on a wide range of information reporting administration issues. Membership is balanced to include representation from the taxpaying public, the tax professional community, and small and large businesses, state tax administration, and the payroll community. Read past reports and comment letters.

The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) provides an organized public forum for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss relevant tax administration issues. The Council advises the IRS on issues that have a substantive effect on federal tax administration. As a 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 about IRS’ current or proposed policies, programs, and procedures and advises the IRS on particular issues having substantive effect on federal tax administration. Find out what IRSAC is doing now and read past reports.

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) is a group of 75 citizen volunteers who listen to taxpayers, identify taxpayers’ issues, and make suggestions for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction. The Panel is demographically and geographically diverse with taxpayers from all walks of life representing each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In 2014, the TAP will also have at least one member living abroad to represent international taxpayers.