IRS Advocacy & Relations Committee 

    Committee Objectives & Responsibilities

    The IRS Advocacy & Relations Committee (IARC) acts as the AICPA's primary liaison with the IRS to improve the current tax administration system for the benefit of members, clients, the public, and government and:
    • Monitors legislative and regulatory activity related to procedural and general administrative matters
    • Develops technical and policy recommendations related to tax procedure and administration, including suggestions to improve and simplify tax forms and instructions, IRS publications, and taxpayer educational materials
    • Maintains an appropriate relationship with the IRS, Treasury, Congress, and other government officials
    • Serves as the primary contact with IRS on behalf of all Tax Division committees and TRPs when initiating dialogue on advocacy issues and discussions related to proposed solutions regarding tax administration matters

    IARC also coordinates with the Tax Practice Responsibilities Committee on advocacy matters involving tax practice standards and professional ethics before the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and preparer oversight and procedure issues before the Return Preparer Office (RPO). They are responsible for submission of technical positions or policy recommendations to OPR and RPO.


    2014-2015 Committee Roster

     Mark A. Van Deveer, Chair  Mark A. VanDeveer, PC
     Andrew Mattson, Vice Chair  Moss Adams
     Robert D. Adams  McGladrey, LLP
     Arthur Auerbach  Arthur Auerbach, CPA
     Michael P. Dolan  KPMG LLP
     Karl L. Fava  Business Financial Consultants, Inc.
     Mary Cathryn Green  Marcum, LLP
     Janet C. Hagy  Hagy & Associates PC
     Cheri Hutchinson-Freeh  Hutchinson, Gillahan & Freeh, PC
     John Keenan  Deloitte Tax LLP
     Amy Lehmkuhl  Ueltzen & Company LLP
     Ruth Ann Michnay  Ruth Ann Michnay, P.A.
     Frank Ng  Ernst & Young LLP
     Kathy Ploch  Harper & Pearson Company, P.C.
     Kevin R. Sell  Heiskell, MacGillivray & Associates, P.S.
     Barry B. Shott  PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
     Patricia Thompson  Piccerelli, Gilstein & Co.
     Stephen P. Valenti  New York University
     Melanie Lauridsen, Staff Liaison  AICPA





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