Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Want to give the IRS a piece of your mind?

Now you can, by applying to be on the IRS Advisory Council.
"The Internal Revenue Service is accepting applications for membership in the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) for a three-year term beginning January 2012."
It's April, but I just got word of this via listserv today, so I take it that the positions are not filled just yet.   What do you need to qualify:

  • Application of tax law expertise to resolve complex tax issues;
  • Development and implementation of customer service initiatives and tools;
  • Systems management and improvement, and change management;
  • Establishment of successful strategic partnerships; and,
  • Demonstrable ability to examine situations from a "macro" perspective.

I am pretty sure by that last bullet point they mean "big picture" and not by applying econometrics, but I could be wrong.  The IRSAC is about you telling the iRS how you feel about it as an administration, not about you telling the IRS how you feel about the tax laws (that's what lobbyists are for).
"The Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) conveys the public's perception of IRS' activities and, plays a significant role as external evaluator regarding the reorganization and its implementation."
Sorry, its unpaid:
"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.
As an aside, I can't imagine what possessed the IRS to call this "open season" for membership.

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