DLA Piper partner Diana Erbsen named chair of IRS Advisory Council

DLA Piper is pleased to announce that the Internal Revenue Service has appointed Diana Erbsen, a tax partner in the New York office, chair of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC).

Erbsen joined the council in 2018 and began serving on the Large Business & International Subgroup. She is currently serving as chair of that group and will continue in that role through the end of the year.

Established in 1953, the IRSAC is a public forum for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss various issues in tax administration. The council provides the IRS Commissioner with relevant feedback, observations and recommendations. Its members represent the taxpaying public, the tax professional community, small and large businesses, academia and the payroll community.

In 2018, the IRS expanded the role of IRSAC by combining it with the Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee (IRPAC) and the Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) to provide a more unified platform for members of the tax community and the IRS to discuss issues in tax administration.

"As a former chair of IRSAC, I’ve seen first-hand the value this committee brings to the IRS and the tax community," IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said. "The new committee structure will provide the tax community a bigger, more prominent platform to make recommendations regarding taxpayer service, enhancements in enforcement and utilization of technology. This new structure will continue to provide an important voice for the information reporting and tax-exempt communities."

Erbsen's role as IRSAC chair will contribute to her ability to continue to provide timely and relevant guidance to clients and to help improve tax administration for the benefit of taxpayers and the IRS.

Erbsen returned to DLA Piper in 2018 after serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Appellate and Review for the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice, a position to which she was appointed by President Obama, from November 2014 until January 2017.

As a partner at DLA Piper, Erbsen represents business entities, individuals and trusts and estates in complex federal, state, local, civil and criminal tax controversies. Federal matters include IRS audits, IRS appeals and tax litigation in the US Tax Court, US District Courts and US Court of Federal Claims.

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