McDermott Completes Three-Year Term with IRS Advisory Council; Group Issues Annual Report to IRS

November 21, 2017

Click here for the 2017 Annual Report by the IRS Advisory Council

Taylor Porter Partner John McDermott has completed his three-year term of service on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC). The federal advisory committee reports to the IRS Commissioner, conveys public perception, offers constructive observations regarding current and proposed IRS policies, programs as well as procedures, and provides an organized public forum for the discussion of relevant tax administration issues. The committee issued its annual report on Nov. 15 to the IRS, including numerous recommendations and continuing issues in tax administration.

​The IRSAC Report recommendations cover numerous topics including:

  • Adequate Funding for the IRS
  • W-2 Verification Codes
  • The Private Debt Collection Program
  • The Large Business & International Examination Process
  • Establishment of Minimum Standards of Competence for All Tax Practitioners and Tax Return Preparers, and
  • Third-Party Application Programming Interfaces

Administered by the IRS Office of National Public Liaison, IRSAC draws its members from the taxpaying public, the tax professional community, small and large businesses and the payroll industry. The IRS thanked 10 IRSAC members whose terms ended this year:

  • Timothy McCormally, IRSAC Chair – KPMG, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Patricia Atwood – Timely Antique Appraisals, LLC, Rockford, Ill.
  • Eunkyong Choi – New York City Taxpayer Advocate, New York, N.Y.
  • Thomas Cullinan – Eversheds Sutherland, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Estarre Fischer – Moss Adams, Seattle, Wash.
  • Neil Fishman – Fishman Associates, CPAs, PA, Boynton Beach, Fla.
  • John McDermott – Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Philips, LLP, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Walter Pagano – EisnerAmper LLP, New York, N.Y.
  • Donald Read – Law Office of Donald H. Read, Berkeley, Calif.
  • Kevin Richards – Illinois Department of Revenue, Springfield, Ill.

McDermott, chair of Taylor Porter's tax and estate planning practice, has more than 30 years of experience in taxation. His primary areas of practice is tax planning and advice, including business and individual income tax, payroll tax, franchise tax, excise tax, ad valorem tax, sales and use tax and gift and estate tax. He has assisted tax exempt organizations make application for and obtain status under IRC section 501(c). He has represented individuals, business entities, trusts and estates with controversies before the IRS at the examination level, with appeals, in Tax Court and U.S. District Court. He has made applications to the Taxpayer Advocate, assisted clients in collections, and with preparation and presentation of offers in compromise, installment payment arrangements, and with tax liens and levies. He has also represented clients in BLIPS transactions and has applied for and obtained PLR’s.  In addition to his primary practice of taxation, McDermott handles succession, probate, and estate administration matters. 

McDermott has been a CPA since 1985. He is a member of the Baton Rouge and Louisiana State Bar Associations, National Lawyers Association, Baton Rouge Estate and Business Planning Council, and The Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. McDermott holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a J.D. from Louisiana State University and an L.L.M. from Georgetown University.   

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