The IRS has begun accepting applications for the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC), which provides a public forum for IRS officials and representatives of the public to discuss relevant issues regarding federal tax administration.

The IRSAC comprises 35 members, who are appointed to three-year terms by the commissioner. Applications for about a dozen appointments that will begin in January 2012 will be accepted through June 17, the IRS said in a statement released Monday.

“The feedback and recommendations from IRSAC members have and will continue to assist the IRS with a wide range of strategic initiatives,” IRS commissioner Doug Shulman said in the statement.

The IRSAC submits an annual report to the IRS commissioner at a public meeting in the fall.

An individual or an organization can nominate a qualified person for the IRSAC. According to the statement, membership is balanced to represent the tax professional community, including but not limited to tax attorneys, CPAs, enrolled agents, appraisers and the business community. Federally registered lobbyists cannot be members of IRSAC.

The agency said nominations should describe and document the proposed member’s qualification for IRSAC membership, including the applicant’s knowledge of Circular 230 regulations and the applicant’s past and current affiliations. Nominations should also describe the nominee’s dealings with the particular segment or segments of the tax community that the applicant wishes to represent on the council.

The application and other information are available on the Tax Professionals page on this website. Questions about the application process can be sent to the following e-mail address: *public_liaison@irs.gov.