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TRES - 1253 - Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council - Agency Authority
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameInternal Revenue Service Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Treasury
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number1253
Original Establishment Date11/21/1987Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.irs.gov/tax-professionals/internal-...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*35
Current Charter Date10/17/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Branch Chief, Tax Pro Partnerships & Advisory Groups Branch, National Public Liaison
Date Of Renewal Charter10/17/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMr.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*John
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameA.
Specific Termination AuthorityAGENDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Lipold
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*AGENDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 317-6556
Effective Date Of Authority*11/21/1987Designated Federal Officer Fax*855-811-8021
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*john.a.lipold@irs.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The primary purpose is to provide an organized public forum for IRS officials and IRSAC to discuss relevant tax administrative issues. The group suggests operational improvements, offers constructive observations about IRS’s current or proposed policies, programs, and procedures, and advises the IRS on particular issues having substantive effect on federal tax administration. The IRSAC conveys the public’s perception of activities to the IRS. The IRSAC’s objectives continue to evolve. The group addresses broad tax administration topics or organizational issues, rather than narrow technical issues. Discussions focus on solutions as well as constructive observations with respect to the tax administration system. Meetings provide an opportunity for the IRSAC to offer collective advice on strategic IRS issues. The IRSAC is comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds who bring a wide breadth of experience to the Council’s activities. Of the problematic issues identified, the IRS has adopted many of the IRSAC’s recommendations generating results mutually beneficial to the IRS and taxpayers. SUMMARY OF COMMITTEE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: During the fiscal year, the IRSAC provided real-time advice to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue on administrative relief for taxpayers facing the COVID-19 pandemic; reducing the complexity of tax capital reporting requirements for partnerships; and recommendations for an update of the Circular 230 rules governing tax practitioners. In addition, each of the Council's subgroups submitted several issues specific to the divisions they represent. Specific issues raised during the November 2019 IRSAC Public Meeting included: Continued underfunding of the IRS; Electronic signatures; the IRS penalty process; Guidance relating to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; Attorney positions in the Office of Professional Responsibility; and the Free File Program. Other issues in the November 2019 annual report included the 2020 Form W-4; Section 199A Qualified Business Income; Customer Experience/Service Delivery Plan; Form 1040X electronic filing; IRS Advisory Opinion Process; Form 990 Returns; and the CAP Program.
How is membership balanced?*To accurately convey the public’s perception of IRS activities, IRSAC members are appointed to represent a point of view from a customer segment of the public and major stakeholders in federal tax administration matters, with a goal of having as great a diversity of views as possible. Membership balance is not static and may change depending on the work of the IRSAC. The IRSAC 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; professional standards of tax professionals and information reporting. Members are selected through a structured application process that targets individuals with interest in federal tax administration matters. Specific subject matter and technical expertise in federal tax administration issues is generally required to accomplish the tasks of the IRSAC. The IRSAC membership usually includes enrolled agents, certified public accountants and attorneys.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*During FY 2020, the IRSAC conducted one public meeting, three working sessions (virtual) and one orientation. The working sessions provided IRSAC members the opportunity to meet with IRS officials for issue development, to facilitate discussions and to analyze and formulate recommendations for the public meeting.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Voluntary compliance with federal tax law requires that the IRS remain apprised of the public’s perception of its activities. Providing invaluable counsel with respect to assessing the public’s perception of IRS activities, the IRSAC offers constructive observations regarding current or proposed IRS policies, programs, and procedures, suggests improvements to IRS operations, and in so doing, operates to maximize voluntary compliance while minimizing the burden to taxpayers.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A.
Recommendation RemarksThe three working sessions and virtual orientation that are listed under "Meetings" were held to provide IRSAC members the opportunity to meet with IRS executives and subject matter experts for issue briefings, facilitate discussions, and to analyze and formulate feedback and/or recommendations.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*1,495Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIRS does not have data on status for recommendations prior to 2002. Figures in this review reflect data from 2002 to the present.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*22.01%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentMany of the recommendations presented to IRS leadership fail to implement because of budget constraints.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*7.76%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentMany of the recommendations presented to IRS leadership fail to implement because of budget constraints.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback is verbally given to members in a public meeting. Written status updates on the recommendations are provided to members several months after a public meeting.Narrative Description*The primary purpose of the IRSAC is to provide an organized public forum for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss relevant tax administrative issues. 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’s objectives continue to evolve. The group addresses broad tax administrative topics or organizational issues, rather than narrow technical issues. Discussions focus on solutions as well as constructive observations with respect to tax administration. Meetings provide an opportunity for the IRSAC to offer collective advice on strategic IRS issues. The IRSAC is comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds who bring a wide breadth of experience to the Council’s activities.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$396,476.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$404,406.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$62,217.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$138,107.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$1,121.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$1,121.00
Total Costs$459,814.00Est. Total Next FY*$543,634.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*2.10Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*2.10
Cost RemarksEst Cost RemarksEstimated payments to federal staff assume a 2.0% increase. Estimated travel reimbursement for non-federal members is based on fiscal 2019 actual spending. Travel reimbursements were greatly reduced in fiscal 2020 because of COVID-19-related travel and meeting restrictions.
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Business
Small Business
Finance
Tax
Government
Federal Government
Tribal Government
Legislation
Legislation
Regulations
Retirement
Pensions
Tax
E-payments
Information Reporting
Administration
Compliance
E-file
Electronic Services
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035140Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2019
 COM-032569Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2018
 COM-002096Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2017
 COM-002148Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2016
 COM-004242Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2015
 COM-004611Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2014
 COM-006362Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2013
 COM-006408Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2012
 COM-008504Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2011
 COM-008906Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2010
 COM-010502Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2009
 COM-010585Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2008
 COM-012060Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2007
 COM-012442Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2006
 COM-013918Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2005
 COM-014271Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2004
 COM-016001Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2003
 COM-016229Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2002
 COM-018138Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2001
 COM-018332Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council2000
 COM-019852Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council1999
 COM-020171Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council1998
 COM-021807Advisory Group to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue1997