Advisory committee releases annual report. The Electronic Advisory Committee released its annual report to Congress, featuring recommendations that focus on the prevention of identity theft and refund fraud. The ETAAC is a public forum whose members work closely with the Security Summit, a joint effort of the IRS, state tax administrators and the nation’s tax industry that was established in 2015 to fight identity theft related refund fraud and cybercrime. The 2020 report includes a total of 16 recommendations grouped into four sections, Fund, Modernize, and Enable the IRS, Defend and Protect our Tax System, Improve the Taxpayer Experience, and Strengthen and Security Summit and the ISAC. ETAAC members represent various segments of the tax community, including individual and business taxpayers, tax professionals and preparers, state and local governments, consumer advocates, tax software developers, payroll service providers and the financial industry. Advisory committee releases annual report.

At the annual meeting IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig thanked the IRS leaders whose terms are ending. Phil Poirier. Poirier served on the ETAAC Outreach Subgroup for the past year serviced as Committee Chair. He is a volunteer tax preparer in the IRS volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and is active in the taxpayer Opportunity Network, which is managed by Prosperity Now and supports VITA programs at the national level. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Center for Social Responsibility at Washington University in St. Louis.

Michael Jackman. Jackman served on the ETAAC Outreach Subgroup. He is a Senior Cybersecurity Analyst for Maximus Federal, and has extensive experience in taxation, tax administration and related information systems. He currently operates a small tax practice and serves as the coordinator for two Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites. Over a 22 year tenure as an IRS employee he held several compliance an information technology positions, culminating in serving in the IRS National Office as the Chief of Systems Development for the original Electronic filing system.