November 20, 2013 — John G. Ams, J.D., the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Society of Accountants (NSA), has been appointed Chair of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) Subgroup of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) beginning in January 2014.
IRSAC is an advisory body designed to focus on broad policy matters and reviews existing tax policy and/or recommends policies with respect to emerging tax administration issues.
IRSAC suggests operational improvements, offers constructive observations regarding current or proposed IRS policies, programs, and procedures, and advises the IRS Commissioner with respect to issues having a substantive effect on federal tax administration. The OPR Subgroup is one of four IRSAC subgroups and focuses specifically on IRS rules, regulations and administrative procedures affecting tax professionals.
“I am deeply honored to be named to chair the OPR subgroup and look forward to providing the IRS with timely, practical and effective recommendations for implementing policies that relate to maintaining high ethical and professional standards,” Ams said.
Ams has been a member of IRSAC since 2012 and is also a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, where he serves on the Standards of Tax Practice Committee.
“We are extremely pleased to have John Ams chair the OPR subgroup and continue to represent tax professionals and the taxpaying public as the IRS deals with the current budget environment and the rules under which tax professionals may practice,” said Steven J. Hanson, President of NSA. “Both NSA members and the IRS receive a unique benefit from his expertise and knowledge of best practices and professional standards.”