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IRS SEEKS CITIZENS ADVISORS


By NWV Staff Writer

Posted 1:08 AM Eastern
June 18, 2004

NewsWithViews.com

It's open season at the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS is requesting nominations for membership in the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) and the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC). This open season for nominations is now underway and closes Friday, July 30, 2004.

According to the IRS, The IRSAC provides "an organized public forum for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss relevant tax administration issues. The Council advises the IRS on issues that have a substantive effect on federal tax administration. As a body designed to focus on broad policy matters, the IRSAC reviews existing tax policy and/or recommends policies with respect to emerging tax administration issues. The IRSAC suggests operational improvements, offers constructive observations about IRSí current or proposed policies, programs, and procedures and advises the IRS on particular issues having substantive effect on federal tax administration."

The IRPAC advises the IRS on information reporting issues of mutual concern to the private sector and federal government. The Committee works with the Operating Division Commissioners and other IRS executives to provide recommendations on a wide range of information reporting administration issues. Membership is balanced to include representation from the taxpaying public, the tax professional community, and small and large businesses, state tax administration, and the payroll community.

Current Members are:

Judith A. Akin, EA, owner of Judith A. Akin, EA, Tax and Financial Services. Ms. Akin is the past President for the National Association of Enrolled Agents.

Timothy B. Clay owns and manages Accounting & Business Consultants, Inc. His firm assists businesses in areas of tax issues, IRS representation, payroll, and loan packages.

Jon Contreras is currently a Director with Deloitte & Touche LLP in Fresno, CA. Prior to joining Deloitte, he was with the Internal Revenue Service for 15 years in the Examination Division, concluding his career with the Fresno Service Center. Mr. Contreras is an Enrolled Agent.

Richard D'Avino is Senior Vice President, Tax, for General Electric Capital Services in Stamford, CT, where he is responsible for leading global tax compliance.

Felecia G. Dixson is an Enrolled Agent and President of Accounting Technologies, Inc. She is the past Committee Chair of the Special Enrollment Examination Advisory Committee for the Internal Revenue Service.

John A. Glennie completed his chartered accountant's designation in Toronto and shortly thereafter joined the Department of National Revenue. In 1978 he joined Shell Canada in the Tax and Insurance Department in Toronto. Mr. Glennie is the General Manager, Tax and Insurance. Mr. Glennie is also a member of the Advisory Revenue in Canada.

Mary Harris is an enrolled agent who, with her husband, co-owns Sirrah, Inc; an Arkansas Corporation dba Jackson Hewitt Tax Service.

Tracy Hollingsworth is currently Vice President, Finance for Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI in Arlington, VA. She has been with Manufacturers Alliance for the last twenty-plus years, providing technical, networking and meeting services to the corporate tax directors of their member companies.

Ann K. Hubbard is an Enrolled Agent and the owner of Hubbard Financial Services, Inc. She is currently President of the Texas Society of Enrolled Agents and a member of the National Society of Enrolled Agents.

Pamel P. Kulish is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Computer Accounting Service, Inc. Through her company, Ms. Kulish provides tax preparation services, financial analysis and planning relative to taxes and investment strategies. She is a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents.

Richard M. Lipton is currently a partner with Baker and McKenzie, serving as tax counsel in many of the largest transactions in the country. He is the former chair of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association as well as the former chair of the Chicago Bar Association Tax Committee and the Chicago Federal Tax Forum.

Susan W. Martin is currently Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs and a Professor of Accounting and Taxation at Seidman School of Business at Grand Valley State University. Prior to her current position, Ms. Martin was the Commissioner of Revenue for the State of Michigan.

Kenneth C. Nirenberg has worked in the payroll industry for over thirty years and is currently a Senior Software Developer for Intuit Inc., specializing in tax filing systems.

Michelle B. O'Connor is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of the Quinnipiac University School of Law Tax Clinic. She has also worked at the Department of Justice, Tax Division, as an attorney, and clerked for the honorable Stephen J. Swift of the U.S. Tax Court.

William F. Reilly is an Enrolled Agent and an active participant in his local chapter of the California Society of Enrolled Agents and serves on the Board of Directors of the California Tax Education Council.

Gary C. Rohrs owns and operates A. Clyde Rohrs & Associates, Inc., in Independence, Missouri, a full service accounting, tax consulting, tax preparation and financial services firm.

Denise Strain is Vice President and General Tax Counsel for Citicorp/Citibank and directs all aspects of the global tax function through the management tax professionals in eight countries. She is Vice Chairman of the Tax Committee for the National Foreign Trade Council.

Carol Tremble, who retired in 2003, prepared taxes and provided general business and computer consulting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

David A. Uhler is a certified public accountant and a Partner in the tax department of Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf, LLP in Santa Barbara, California, assisting businesses and their owners with active, strategic tax planning focused on entity structuring, compensation planning, and tax incentive optimization.

Thomas Wharton is currently the Vice-President of Tax at Pearson Inc. and US subsidiaries, located in New York City. He is past president of the New York Chapter of TEI and is currently the Chair of the Chapter's IRS Administrative Affairs Committee.

Betty M. Wilson recently retired and was previously Vice President of Taxes, MGM Mirage Corporation.

The IRS encourages all Americans who would like to serve on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) and the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) to submit a resume by completing an application form and Federal tax check waiver form. In addition, FBI and practitioner (if applicable) checks are required of all applicants. For additional information, please contact Ms. Jacqueline Tilghman at 202-622-6440, or E-mail at: Public_liaison@irs.gov

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