Karen Salemi, FLMI, CPP represents the APA on the IRS Advisory Council.
IRSAC comprises a group of 20 volunteer representatives from many industries and disciplines, such as payroll, tax return preparation, software development, insurance, and investment brokerage. As representatives of the taxpaying public, they can provide IRS with the best perspective on process improvements and which new projects will have the most positive and far-reaching impact.
IRSAC's purpose is to advise the Commissioner and other IRS executives on any current tax administration issues and make suggestions for operational improvements toward meeting the IRS mission of providing America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness.
You can read about the most recent public meeting of IRSAC in Inside Washington December 2012. Topics discussed include recommending the IRS enhance worker classification compliance by increasing publicity for the Voluntary Classification Settlement Program and encouraging the IRS to update its de minimis fringe benefit guidance.
Rebecca Harshberger, CPP, represents the APA on the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee.
Mary Kallewaard represents the AAPA on the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee.
The Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) advises the IRS on the public's perception of professional standards and best practices for tax professionals and information reporting issues of mutual concern to the private sector and the federal government. The committee works with the Commissioner and other IRS executives to provide recommendations on a wide range of information reporting administration issues and professional standards.
APA IRPAC members play an important role on the IRPAC Employee Benefits and Payroll Subgroup. One of their many achievements was convincing the IRS to create a chart outlining Form W-2 reporting of employer-sponsored healthcare coverage.
ETAAC provides an organized public forum for discussion of electronic tax administration issues and the overriding goal that paperless filing should be the preferred and most-convenient method of filing tax and information returns.