The American Institute of CPAs has appointed Alan Einhorn, national director of Deloitte Tax LLP's Quality Assurance Group, as the new chair of its Tax Executive Committee.

Einhorn will lead the committee for the next two years. The Tax Executive Committee establishes tax policy for the institute and acts as a clearinghouse for work produced by other AICPA tax committees and technical resource panels regarding technical and administrative issues that affect taxpayers.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to chair the AICPA Tax Executive Committee," Einhorn said in a statement. "I want to concentrate on continuing the good work we've done so far to establish strong relationships with tax policy makers at the Treasury and IRS and on Capitol Hill."

Einhorn, along with AICPA vice president of taxation Tom Ochsenschlager, received the AICPA Tax Section Distinguished Service Award for 2007-2008 after leading a successful effort to have Congress correct a flaw in a 2007 law that raised the tax return reporting standards for tax return preparers to a level higher than that required of taxpayers. Congress equalized the standards for taxpayers and tax preparers as part of the financial markets rescue package that President Bush signed into law on Oct. 3.

When the AICPA presented the award to Einhorn in June, Ochsenschlager said, "The entire profession owes a debt of gratitude to Alan."

Einhorn has worked with the AICPA since 1987. For three years, he chaired the AICPA Tax Forms Committee, and was a member of the Tax Practice Responsibilities Committee and numerous task forces. Einhorn was a member of the Tax Executive Committee for four years before becoming chair.

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