The Internal Revenue Service has appointed Tim Hubbs, president and CEO of Drake Software, as the chairman of its Electronic Tax Advisory Committee.

The 14-member committee provides a public forum in which the IRS and tax professionals discuss electronic tax administration issues. The committee originated with the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998. It helps develop electronic tax strategies for the IRS. Each June, it reports annually to Congress on the progress of the IRS' electronic tax initiatives.

Customers of Hubbs' company, Drake Software, transmitted more than 7.2 million federal tax returns and 6.2 million state returns this year.

"I am pleased to serve in this role and with the quality of the others selected to serve on this committee," said Hubbs in a statement. "We will work diligently to provide valuable guidance that will improve and advance the growth of electronic transactions and communications between taxpayers and the IRS."

In addition to Hubbs, the IRS appointed six new committee members: Grant DeMeritte, tax compliance manager of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Brian Digman, chief information officer of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance; Susan Gaston, director of industry operations for H&R Block; Roberto Jimenez-Ortiz, an advisor to the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and a seasonal tax professional with H&R Block; William B. Marshall, III, an enrolled agent and a member manager of Marshall and Associates; and Ryan Snow, chief financial officer of Burdick Paving.

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