UNITED STATES OF AMERICA — WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internal Revenue Service announced this week that applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council. Through June 3, 2022, applications will be accepted.
The IRSAC serves as an advisory body to the IRS commissioner and provides an organized public forum for IRS officials and members of the public to discuss pertinent tax administration issues.
The advisory council makes recommendations to the IRS regarding operational enhancements, recommends administrative and policy changes to improve taxpayer service, compliance, and tax administration, discusses pertinent information reporting issues, addresses tax-exempt and government entity issues, and communicates the public’s perception of professional standards and best practices for tax professionals.
IRSAC members are appointed by the IRS commissioner for three-year terms and present a report to the commissioner annually at a public meeting. Applications are now being accepted for January 2023 terms.
Individuals or organizations may make nominations for qualified individuals. IRSAC members come from a diverse range of backgrounds, representing a cross-section of the taxpaying public and possessing substantial, disparate experience in the following areas:
Individuals, small businesses, and multinational corporations, tax-exempt and government entities, as well as information reporting and taxpayer or consumer advocacy, receive tax preparation services.
Applications should include documentation of the proposed member’s credentials. The IRSAC is particularly interested in applicants with knowledge and experience in the following areas:
- Earnings & Investments of Individuals
- Knowledge of and experience with the application of tax law/tax preparation, income tax issues involving refundable credits, the audit process, and/or how information returns are used and integrated for compliance.
- Extensive experience educating taxpayers on tax issues and topics through multilingual taxpayer communications, taxpayer advocacy, or contact center operations, marketing/applying industry benchmarks to operations with the tax software industry, and/or creating or utilizing a variety of information returns used to report income, deductions, withholding, or other tax information.
- Familiarity with IRS tax forms and publications, as well as with the IRS’s online applications (e.g., Online Account, EITC Assistant, etc.) and a background in financial services information technology, with an understanding of technological innovations in the public and private customer service sectors.
- Self-Employed & Small Businesses
- familiarity with or experience with virtual currency/cryptocurrency and/or peer-to-peer payment applications
- familiarity with passthrough entities and/or fiduciary taxation
- Extensive experience with online or digital businesses, audit representation, and/or tax education.
- Base of knowledge and/or background information pertaining to Collection activities
- Practitioner experience in one or more underserved communities (e.g., where English is not the first language),
- Experience with digitalization systems, tools, or processes, as well as marketing experience, to assist in developing strategies for increasing adoption of the IRS’s digital tools.
- International & Large Business
- Experience as a certified public accountant or tax attorney in or for a large, sophisticated multinational organization; and
- Experience working in-house at a large firm specializing in tax planning for complex organizations, including large multinational corporations and large partnerships.
- Extensive experience with tax-exempt organizations and employee benefit plans.
- Payment processors (i.e., credit card processors), colleges/universities, and/or multinational corporations that have experience with information reporting.
- Applicants must be current on their own tax obligations and exhibit a high level of professionalism and ethics. All applicants must complete an application and submit it, as well as pass a tax compliance and practitioner background check. FBI fingerprint checks will also be required for those applicants deemed “Best Qualified.”
The IRSAC’s webpage contains additional information, including an application form. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the application process.