A College of Business Administration faculty member has been chosen for an elite group of taxation experts that provide the Internal Revenue Service with policy-shaping input.
Accounting Professor Sharyn Fisk was one of five new members selected to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC), a group established in 1953 that the IRS commissioner and leadership turn to for feedback.
“If there was an issue before, I could write to someone in the IRS or a taxpayer advocate with no guarantees it would make it all the way up the chain,” Fisk says. “To be working inside the IRS and present issues directly is phenomenal.”
The 20-member IRSAC team, which is composed of unpaid volunteers, will serve three-year terms. Fisk will specialize in tax administration problems regarding small businesses and the self-employed.
Prior to joining the CBA faculty, Fisk represented individuals and closely held entities throughout the U.S. in cases involving federal and state taxes.
“The IRS only picks five in the nation so it’s a great reflection on Cal Poly Pomona and the type of faculty we have here,” Fisk says. “They, in essence, vet and bounce ideas off us to incorporate into the decision-making process.”
Fisk is a member of the State Bar of California, where she has served as chair of the Tax Policy and Legislation Committee. She is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Standards of Tax Practice Committee and Taxation Section. Fisk serves as the chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Executive Committee, Taxation Section.