July 31, 1998
IRS Selects Electronic Tax
Administration Advisory Group
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service announced today that
it has selected 17 people to serve on the first Electronic Tax
Administration Advisory Committee. The committee will help the IRS
plan its strategy for making electronic filing the preferred and
most convenient method of filing tax and information returns. It
will also provide an organized forum for discussion of electronic
tax administration issues.
The IRS plans to hold an orientation meeting for committee
members in September. The 17 members, all of whom are volunteers,
represent a variety of viewpoints. Their backgrounds include tax
services, software companies, non-profit associations, and financial
and educational institutions. The selectees, who were chosen from an
applicant pool of almost 100, are:
Fran Bartlett -- Federal Liaison Services, Inc.
Michael P. Boyle -- Microsoft Corporation
Margaret E. Drescher -- American Association of Retired Persons
Keith T. Dusenbery -- Vermont State College
Edward B. Feinstein -- H&R Block Tax Services, Inc.
Connie L. Grimes -- Grimes Tax Filings
Mary B. Harris -- Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
Yvonne D. Kirkendall -- W.R. Kirkendall, EA
Charles A. Lacijan -- The Implementation Group
Frank L. Lanza -- California Franchise Tax Board
Robert 0. Lewis -- Tax Back, Inc.
Susan W. Martin -- Grand Valley State University
Isaac A. Nooe -- South Carolina Department of Revenue
Bette Rice -- Merrill Lynch
Elizabeth M. Seymour -- Wachovia Bank, N.A.
William C. Shepard -- Intuit, Inc.
John A. Stauffer -- Ceridian Corporation
"We are looking forward to working with this committee on our
electronic filing strategies," said Robert E. Barr, IRS Assistant
Commissioner for Electronic Tax Administration. "Its input will be
of immense value in helping us understand and meet the needs of the
taxpayer and practitioner communities." The committee will hold four
two-day meetings each year. Two will be public meetings, and two
will be private, working sessions. Members will serve a maximum of
two years. Their duties will include research and recommendations
about current or proposed policies, programs, and procedures.
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