IRS News Release  
December 23, 1998

Commissioner Names New Advisory
Council Members

WASHINGTON - Several small business owners, a representative of a citizen advocacy group, a university professor, a state tax administrator and representatives from the large corporate taxpayer and practitioner communities have been selected by the Internal Revenue Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti to serve on the IRS Advisory Council.

The diverse backgrounds and experience of the Council members will ensure that the IRS hears many points of view in matters of tax administration," said Rossotti. "That will benefit all taxpayers and help us achieve our goal of becoming a first-class customer service organization.”

The Council provides a public forum for raising, studying and making recommendations on tax administration issues, as well as on IRS restructuring and modernization. The Council has previously studied and offered recommendations for improvements to the offers-in-compromise program, the federal tax deposit process and the appeals process.

The new members, who replace outgoing ones, join five current members and will serve through 2001. The five current members represent the American Association of Retired Persons as well as the payroll and practitioner communities. They will complete their service on the Council in late 1999.

The new members are:

  • Stanley R. Arnold, CPA
    Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration
  • Eric R. Blackledge
    President, Blackledge Furniture Company
    Corvallis, OH
  • John P. Carey, Esquire
    Senior Executive Vice President, MBNA
    Wilmington, DE
  • Jerold N. Cohen, Esquire
    Partner, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan
    Atlanta, GA
  • Margaret W. Ferguson, EA
    Vista, CA
  • Sally M. Jones, CPA
    KPMG Peat Marwick Professor of Accounting
    McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia
    Charlottesville, VA
  • Michael E. Mares, CPA
    Member, Witt, Mares & Company, Inc.
    Newport News, VA
  • Alan Butler Morrison, Esquire
    Co-founder, Public Citizen Litigation Group
    Washington, DC
  • James R. Murray, CPA
    Tax Director, PacifiCorp
    Portland, OR

They join current members:

  • James H. Flagg, IRS Advisory Council Chair
    AARP Tax-Aide Coordinator
    San Antonio, TX
  • Gardiner Hempel, Jr., CPA
    Partner, Arthur Andersen, LLP
    New York, NY
  • Emily L. Lindsay, CPA
    Senior Director, Corporate Accounting Services
    Marriott International, Inc.
    Washington, DC
  • Mary Eileen McGuire, EA
    Director, Tax Department
    DeForest & Duer
    New York, NY
  • Rick E. Oelerich, CPA
    President, Oelerich and Associates, PC
    Davenport, IA

An orientation and working session is scheduled for late February 1999. Additional working sessions will be held later. Public meetings are scheduled for June and November 1999; details, including agenda topics, dates and locations, will be published in the Federal Register.


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