The final conference report for the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989 contained an administrative recommendation that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) establish a federal advisory committee to discuss improvement to the information reporting program (IRP). As a result, the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) was established in 1991. The IRPAC is administered by the National Public Liaison Office under the direction of the Chief of Communications and Liaison.
The primary purpose of the IRPAC is to provide a public forum for the IRS and members of the information reporting community in the private sector to discuss relevant information reporting issues.
Mission and Composition
The purpose of the IRPAC is to provide an organized public forum for discussion of relevant information reporting issues of mutual concern as between Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) officials and representatives of the public. Advisory committee members convey the public’s perception of professional standards and best practices for tax professionals and IRS activities, advise with respect to specific information reporting administration issues, provide constructive observations regarding current or proposed IRS policies, programs, and procedures, and propose improvements to information reporting operations and the Information Reporting Program through a final report. IRPAC also responds to draft regulations and notices through comment letters.
The IRPAC membership is composed of individuals who represent various segments of the tax professional community, from major national professional and trade associations to state tax agencies. The Committee is divided into subgroups based on the issues that they are reviewing. View the 2009 IRPAC Renewal Charter.
Open Season for IRPAC Membership
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requests nominations for membership in the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) in the spring of each year. Open Season runs for two months and will be announced in the Federal Register upon commencement.
Membership is for a three year term beginning January of the following year. All applicants must complete an Application and Federal Tax Check Waiver Form which will be posted on the website at the beginning of open season. In addition, FBI and Practitioner (if applicable) Checks are required of all applicants. Interested parties may nominate themselves or another qualified person for membership. Nominations will be accepted for current vacancies and should describe and document the applicants qualifications for membership. It is important for the committee to continue to represent a diverse taxpayer and stakeholder base. Accordingly, selection is based on the applicant’s qualifications as well as the segment or group he/she represents.
IRPAC members meet in Washington, DC approximately five times a year, each session lasting two days. Members are not paid for their services. However, travel expenses for working sessions, public meetings and orientation sessions, such as airfare, per diem, and transportation to and from airports, train stations, etc., are reimbursed within prescribed federal travel limitations.
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