WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced the appointment of 12 new members to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council.
The IRSAC, established in 1953, is an organized public forum for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss a broad range of issues in tax administration. The Council provides the IRS and agency leaders with relevant feedback, observations and recommendations. It will submit its annual report to the agency at a public meeting in November 2024.
The IRS strives to appoint members to the IRSAC who represent the taxpaying public, the tax professional community, small and large businesses, tax exempt and government entities and information reporting interests.
The following individuals were appointed to serve three-year terms on the council beginning this month:
Robert Barr – vice president of business engineering, CGI Federal, Dallas, Texas. Barr has led digital transformations for both public and private sector organizations, including the South Carolina Department of Revenue, Intuit, Dell, Blockbuster and USAA. He also served as the Internal Revenue Service Assistant Commissioner for Electronic Tax Administration where he branded IRS e-file and the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), established the National Accounts Program, enabled credit card payment of taxes and digital signing and other initiatives. Barr formerly served on the Commissioner’s Advisory Group, the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee and the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee.
Andrew Bloom – head of tax strategy, Golub Capital, based in Northern Virginia. Bloom advises on tax issues for investors, general partners, large partnerships, foreign corporations and business development companies as a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered investment advisor and international asset manager. He also manages substantive tax issues, including investment fund structuring, financial product planning, international tax planning, Fixed, Determinable, Annual, Periodical (FDAP) and Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) withholding and tax treaty planning and compliance. Previously, he was a partner at Dechert LLP in New York.