The Internal Revenue Service said Monday it is accepting applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council, which provides a public forum for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss relevant issues regarding federal tax administration.

“The feedback and recommendations from IRSAC members have and will continue to assist the IRS with a wide range of strategic initiatives,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman in a statement.

The IRSAC comprises up to 35 members, who are appointed to three-year terms by the Commissioner. Applications are currently being accepted for roughly a dozen appointments that will begin in January 2012. Applications will be accepted from May 2 to June 17.

The IRSAC submits an annual report to the IRS commissioner at a public meeting in the fall.

An individual or an organization can nominate a qualified person for the IRSAC. Members of the council have diverse backgrounds. Membership is balanced to represent the tax professional community, including but not limited to: tax attorneys, CPAs, enrolled agents, appraisers and the business community. Federally registered lobbyists cannot be members of IRSAC.

Nominations should describe and document the proposed member’s qualification for IRSAC membership, including the applicant’s knowledge of Circular 230 regulations and the applicant’s past and current affiliations. Nominations should also describe the nominee’s dealings with the particular segment or segments of the tax community that the applicant wishes to represent on the council.

The application and other information are available on the Tax Professionals page on  Questions about the application process can be sent to the following e-mail address:  *

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