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IRS refreshes membership of advisory and information reporting councils

David Penney, head of tax for General Motors in Canada, is one of six new members of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) in the US.

He (pictured right) is also the immediate past international president of Tax Executives International.

The council, which has 24 members, is selected from the public, tax professionals, small and large businesses, academia and payroll practitioners, to discuss key tax administration issues with IRS officials and provide them with feedback, observations and suggestions.

In its last annual report, which came out in November, IRSAC identified streamlining the audit process, spending time on issues that matter and managing knowledge in the IRS’s issue practice groups and international practice networks as important tax administration topics for large businesses in the US.

And three of the eight new members of the IRS Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) also come from multinationals.

The committee was set up in 1991 to provide a means for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss information reporting issues.  The Service sought volunteers for the 2013 committee last April.

Like the rest of IRPAC, the new members come from the taxpaying public, tax professionals, small and large businesses, the financial industry and payroll providers. They are:

  • Paul Banker, vice president of client management at Convey Compliance Systems;
  • Frederic Bousquet, vice president in the finance division, product tax department at State Street Bank and Trust Company;
  • Mark Druckman, a director in the corporate tax department at JPMorgan Chase;
  • Graciela Gutierrez, manager of operations at Southwest Securities;
  • Mary Kallewaard, a principal at COKALA Tax Information Reporting Solutions;
  • Victoria Kaner, tax information reporting manager for Amazon.com and its affiliates;
  • Jonathan Sambur, a partner at Mayer Brown; and
  • Julia Shanahan, tax director and associate director of payroll at the University of Washington.

The 2013 IRPAC chairman is Jeffrey Mason, tax counsel with Wells Fargo & Co’s corporate tax department.

The new members took up their positions this month for a three-year period. The committee has two-day meetings in Washington about five times a year.

An international reporting and withholding subgroup contributed to last year’s IRPAC report with a discussion of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).

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