IRS advisory committees getting an overhaul

IRS building with 'TAXES' highlighted
The word "Taxes" is seen on the facade of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee’s role will expand in 2019 to have a wider portfolio and incorporate two other advisory groups.

The expanded IRSAC will include areas now covered by the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities, or ACT.

The move comes after IRSAC encouraged the IRS to explore how to streamline groups organized under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, an area that had not been reviewed for three decades. IRSAC, IRPAC and ACT frequently had overlapping issues – such as technology modernization and digital services – as well as members who had insight into wider tax administration issues beyond their individual advisory groups.

The new IRSAC will focus on four subcommittees tracking the four IRS operating divisions: Wage and Investment, Small Business and Self-Employed, Tax Exempt and Government Entities, and Large Business and International.

Currently, there are approximately 50 members between the three groups. For the expanded IRSAC in 2019, there will be 36 members, with three co-chairs for the first year, and one beginning in 2020.

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