As many of you know, effective February 22, 2018, the exempt organizations side of the historic TEGE Councils reorganized into one national TEGE Exempt Organizations Council. The TEGE councils have always focused on conversations—with government and regulators and amongst the practitioner community. The consolidated TEGE Exempt Organizations Council will provide a stronger voice on a national level and better facilitate garnering the attention of and speaking to policymakers at the IRS, Chief Counsel, and Treasury. The Council has already conducted two tax reform comment projects in 2018, with a third currently under way. In addition to continuing existing programming, the consolidated Council will provide expanded opportunities for practitioners to interact and share ideas with other tax-exempt experts across the country.
Purposes. The TEGE Exempt Organizations Council was formed to (i) open and maintain lines of communication between the Tax Exempt & Government Entities Division of the IRS and the practitioner community, (ii) provide the TEGE Division with the thinking of the practitioner community on procedural and systemic matters, (iii) provide practitioners a forum to share their concerns with the IRS regarding both policies and specific tax issues and procedures, and (iv) educate the practitioner community and the exempt organizations community.
Membership. One of the exciting aspects of the consolidated TEGE Exempt Organizations Council is the simplification and expansion of membership. Members will continue to include attorneys, CPAs and accountants, and other practitioners in the exempt organizations industry. Initial members include current members of an existing TEGE regional council, and additional members will be accepted based on the following criteria:
- Expression of an interest in the purposes of the Council and in membership; and
- The provision of significant professional services in or to the exempt organization community (including professionals who work within an exempt organization).
Potential members should complete a basic membership application establishing their qualifications, which can be submitted online through our new website at www.eocouncil.org.
Leadership. Council leadership will continue to include representation from each of the five historical IRS exam regions. We are thrilled to announce our initial Board of Directors, Officers, and Chairs at https://www.eocouncil.org/leadership.html. The Council’s Bylaws require comparable representation for attorneys and certified public accountants. No more than one representative from any one firm may hold a director position. No more than two representatives from any one firm may hold officer positions.
Programs. TEGE Exempt Organizations Council programs will continue to be open to the public and publicized to the Council’s broad distribution and membership list. We will continue to leverage technology to broaden program accessibility. We anticipate that our current program calendar will remain consistent for 2019 and 2020.
Please save the date for our upcoming programs on December 11, 2018 (Presentation and Q&A session with Margaret Von Lienen, Director, Exempt Organizations) and our two-day annual meeting in Baltimore on February 21-22, 2019.