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New IRSAC Members Named

advice Nine new members have been appointed to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council. The IRS has named the individuals to serve three-year terms beginning this month.

IRSAC is a public forum for IRS officials and public representatives to discuss issues in tax administration. The Council provides the IRS commissioner with relevant feedback, observations and recommendations. 

The members are the following:

*Joseph Bender a partner with Washington D.C.-based Difede Ramsdell Bender. He has practiced federal tax law or nearly 30 nears and over the last 15 years his practice has focused on investments by tax-exempt organizations, including leveraged and unleveraged investments, unrelated business income tax, unrelated debt-financed income and real estate investment trusts.

*Christine Freeland, president of Christine Z. Freeland, CPA PC, of Chandler, Ariz., has volunteered her tax services at the local and state levels. She served as president of the National Society of Accountants and was the NSA presenter for the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in 2020 and 2021. She has developed continuing education events for IRS Tax Security Awareness Week. 

*Aidan Hunt, a student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science and linguistics. Hunt has volunteered as a tax preparer through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and has received an advanced level tax law certification and prepared returns for families and individuals.


*John Kelshaw serves as director of tax compliance at the Sarasota, Fla.-based operations of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Sarasota, Florida. He came to that company with almost 40 years year experience at the IRS working on complex tax issues. An Enrolled Agent, Kelshaw has also worked as a senior appeals officer, serving as an independent arbiter to resolve unagreed, complex tax issues

*Anthony Massoud, VP of corporate finance and tax for Van Metre Companies, Fairfax, Va.. began his tax career at a CPA firm, working with high-net-worth individuals and international businesses. Massoud has also served as a tax manager for a real estate company. 

*Susan Nakano, senior manager of corporate tax for Discover Financial Services, of Riverwoods, Ill. is experienced in operations, audit, risk and information technology, helping those in the company develop tax-compliant processes. She is an expert in federal and state tax codes as well as regulations and guidance requirements. 


*Annette Nellen professor of accounting and taxation, San Jose State University, San Jose, Calif.., serves as the director of the university's graduate tax program and has designed and taught continuing education tax classes to tax professionals.


*Brayan Rosa-Rodriguez, senior policy analyst, of UnidosUS, based in Washington, D.C., has executed tax credit campaigns focused on Latino taxpayers in key states such as California, Arizona, Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. He has also supported the production and dissemination of research related to economic policy, poverty, tax credits and program implementation, as well as public policy briefs and educational materials regarding tax policy and the job market. 


*Brian Yacker, partner of nonprofit services for Baker Tilly in Irvine, Calif., focuses on working with tax exempt organizations. He is a member of the AICPA Exempt Organization Tax Technical Resource Panel, a board member for the IRS Tax Exempt/Government Entities EO Council and is on the National Association of State Charity Officials Public Day Planning Committee.

The 2023 IRSAC Chair, Martin Armstrong, is VP of payroll shared services, Charter Communications, based Charlotte, N.C. Armstrong is accounting and finance area chair at the University of Phoenix, where he was named 2018 Distinguished Faculty of the Year. He is a former vice president of the American Payroll Association.

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Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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