New Chairman, Members for IRS’ ETAAC

Five new members have been selected for the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). The group serves as a public forum for the discussion of electronic tax administration issues, supporting the goal of increasing electronic interactions between tax professionals and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The new members, approved by the Treasury Department (DoT) and the IRS Commissioner, will serve a three year term beginning in November 2006.

“ETAAC supports the goal of electronic tax administration by recommending policies and strategies to encourage taxpayers to e-file their tax returns and to communicate electronically with the IRS,” Bert DuMars, director of the IRS Electronic Tax Administration, said in a prepared statement announcing the approval of the new members. “The members’ advice is critical to our continued progress.”

Robert Meighan of Bluffton, S.C., has agreed to serve as the chairman of ETAAC for 2007. A member of ETAAC since September 2005, Meighan is vice president of the Consumer Tax Group (Turbo Tax) at Intuit and has more than 25 years in the tax preparation industry.

The new members are:

  • Chris Beach of Cameron Park, Calif. He is the Director of Filing Methods for the State of California, Franchise Tax Board providing oversight for the department’s tax forms and electronic filing programs. He is also involved in policy, legislative, and budget processes impacting the department’s e-file, e-payment, and tax forms functions.

  • Sharon S. Gray of Rockville, Maryland. She provides consulting to bank clients as Director of Balance Consulting LLC, a leader in tax reporting compliance education and consulting on specialized compliance issues.

  • Timothy S. Hubbs of Franklin, N.C., is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Drake Enterprises, Limited, a software provider to tax preparers for preparing and e-filing tax returns. Drake customers transmitted over 6.8 million federal tax returns and more than 5.4 million state returns in 2006.

  • Joan R. Ruff of Mission Woods, Kansas, who leads and manages the development of tax knowledge for U.S. tax services and its tax professionals as Assistant Vice President of Knowledge Development for H&R Block. She designs and develops tax and operational training for more than 80,000 tax professions.

  • Marquetta White of Mesa, Ariz., manages the e-file program as the Assistant Director of Taxpayer Services for the Arizona Department of Revenue. She has worked cooperatively with the IRS in several areas including supporting VITA, promoting Free File, and accepting the Federal ERO registration to reduce the burden on e-filing tax preparers.

ETAAC was created in 1998 as part of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act. Each June, ETAAC submits an annual report to Congress on the IRS’ electronic tax initiatives.

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