IRS Advisory Council Issues 2020 Annual Report

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) has issued its annual report for 2020, including recommendations to the IRS on new and continuing issues in tax administration.

The IRSAC is a federal advisory committee that provides an organized public forum for discussion of relevant tax administration issues between IRS officials and representatives of the public. IRSAC members offer constructive observations regarding current or proposed IRS policies, programs and procedures.

The 2020 Public Report includes recommendations on 26 issues, which cover a broad range of topics, including:

  • Funding of the IRS
  • The Taxpayer First Act
  • Expansion of e-File
  • Proposal for an early exam program for Large Business
  • Telephone response times for the Practitioner Priority Service
  • Resources for Native American taxpayers and federally recognized tribes
  • Taxpayer Digital Communications
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The IRSAC is administered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act by the Office of National Public Liaison, part of IRS Communications and Liaison, and draws its members from the taxpaying public, the tax professional community, representatives of the low income community, small and large businesses, tax-exempt and government entities, the payroll industry and academia. It is comprised of four subgroups aligned to the IRS operating divisions: Large Business & International, Small Business/Self-Employed, Tax Exempt/Government Entities and Wage & Investment.

Commissioner Chuck Rettig and IRS executives thanked members of the council whose terms end this year:

  • Martin Bentsen – Bentsen served on the Large Business & International Subgroup
  • Mike Engle – Engle served as Chair of the Tax Exempt/Government Entities Subgroup
  • Diana Erbsen – Erbsen served as Chair of the IRSAC
  • Sanford Kelsey – Kelsey served on the Large Business & International Subgroup
  • Phyllis Jo Kubey – Kubey served as Chair of the Wage & Investment Subgroup
  • Mas Kuwana – Kuwana served on the Small Business/Self-Employed Subgroup
  • Emily Lindsey – Lindsey served on the Small Business/Self-Employed Subgroup
  • Charles “Sandy” Macfarlane – Macfarlane served as Chair of the Large Business & International Subgroup
  • Charles Read – Read served on the Small Business/Self-Employed Subgroup
  • Jeffrey Schneider – Schneider served on the Small Business/Self-Employed Subgroup
  • Jean Swift – Swift served on the Tax Exempt/Government Entities Subgroup
  • Patricia Thompson – Thompson served as Chair of the Small Business/Self-Employed Subgroup
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