The Internal Revenue Service has selected seven new members for the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities, a formal body of external stakeholders in the specialized areas of tax-exempt organizations, employee retirement plans, tax-exempt bonds, and federal, state, local and Indian tribal governments.

The appointees, who will assume their duties in June, will join 11 returning committee members. Returning committee member Robert Donovan will chair the ACT beginning in June.

The ACT was established in May 2001 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act to provide an organized public forum for discussion of relevant issues affecting the tax-exempt and government entities communities. It allows the IRS to receive regular input with respect to the development and implementation of policy concerning employee plans, exempt organizations, tax-exempt bonds, and federal, state, local and Indian tribal government issues.

The new appointees, by area of expertise, are:

-- Employee plans: Daniel J. Schwartz, a shareholder in Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC, of St. Louis; and Michael S. Sirkin,  senior partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, in New York.

-- Exempt organizations: Betsy Buchalter Adler, a shareholder in Silk, Adler & Colvin, of San Francisco; and Sean Delany, executive director of the Lawyers Alliance for New York Inc., in New York.

-- Federal, state and local governments: Nicholas C. Merrill, Jr., manager of the accounting division for the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois, in Springfield, Ill.; and Julian M. Regan, executive director of the New York State Deferred Compensation Board, in Albany, N.Y.

-- Tax-exempt bonds: Maxwell D. Solet, a member of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC, in Boston.

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