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Internal Revenue Service Seeks Tribal Applicants to Serve on Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities

On October 24, 2011, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the attached FEDERAL REGISTER notice requesting applications or nominations for membership to serve on the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) from persons wishing to represent tribal governments.” The ACT is an organized public forum for discussion of relevant employee plans, exempt organizations, tax-exempt bonds, and federal, state, local, and tribal government issues between officials of the IRS and representatives of these different communities. Membership on the ACT provides Indian Country with a chance to weigh in with IRS policy makers on important tax related matters.

In recent years, the ACT has addressed (at the request of Congress in some instances) issues such as Tribal Economic Development Bonds and tribal pensions plans as well as other tax issues which are not tribal specific but still impact tribes. The ACT members represent the interested public’s observations on current or proposed IRS policies, programs, and procedures, as well as suggest improvements. Committee members serve two-year terms in a seat designated for a member of their “community.” The notice indicates that in June 2012, one of the seats reserved for a representative for tribal governments will become vacant. The ACT is governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (PL 92–463) and members of the ACT may not be federally registered lobbyists. Applications or nominations are due by December 1, 2011.

Please let us know if we may provide additional information regarding the Internal Revenue Service’s request for applications or nominations to the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities.