The Internal Revenue Service is looking for new members to apply for its Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee, including tax preparers.

The committee, established in 1991, offers recommendations on information reporting and administration issues to the IRS leadership and presents a report to the IRS commissioner at a public meeting in the fall.

Members of the committee come from different backgrounds in order to give the IRS a diverse range of views. Representatives are drawn from the tax professional community, the taxpaying public, small and large businesses, colleges and universities, state tax administrations, banks, insurance companies, foreign financial institutions and payroll processors.

"IRPAC plays an important role in the nation's tax system," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman (pictured) in a statement. "The group's broad knowledge of information reporting is invaluable to our tax administration efforts."

The committee includes up to 35 members who serve three-year terms. Each year, approximately one-third of the membership terms expire. Nominations are currently being accepted for up to six appointments that begin in January 2009. The deadline for applying is May 30. More information, including application packages, is available on the Tax Professional's Page on the IRS Web site.

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