Louisiana Department of Revenue Advisory Council

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Purpose

  1. To provide a public forum for communication between the Secretary of the Department of Revenue and representatives of the public and industry interested in Louisiana tax policy
  2. To provide ideas, input and perspective to the Secretary of Revenue, assisting in developing tax policy and identifying improvements in the administration of Louisiana state taxes and to offer constructive observations regarding current or proposed Louisiana tax policies

MEETINGS

In general, the Council meets three or four times a year on dates to be agreed upon by the members. Only appointed members may attend the meetings. Designees may not attend.

AGENDA

Meeting agenda are developed by the Office of the Secretary of Revenue, to include topics submitted by members of the council. Topics may include any areas and issues of broad interest to the members, but will not include specific taxpayer matters. Potential topics include audit practices, federal tax developments impacting Louisiana, responses to court decisions, modernization of the tax law, competitiveness issues, and the status of on-going projects and tax policy matters.

MEMBERS

The council consists of not more than 15 members appointed by the Secretary of Revenue representing a broad background in tax policy matters, including tax and policy professionals of large and small Louisiana businesses and industry associations, tax practitioners and new business development groups. The members' purpose is not to discuss or advocate specific interests or positions for their own organization, but rather to provide seasoned and objective input to the Secretary on Louisiana tax policy. Appointments are for two year terms.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Designed to promote and maintain the public's confidence in tax advisors and to focus on broad policy matters, the Council serves as an advisory body to the Secretary of Revenue. The Council reviews existing tax policy and/or recommends policies with respect to emerging tax administration issues; suggests operational improvements; offers constructive observations regarding current or proposed IRS policies, programs, and procedures; and advises the Secretary with respect to issues having substantive effect on Louisiana tax administration. The Council researches, analyzes, considers, recommends, and advises the Secretary on issues that include customer service, compliance, taxpayer segment-specific issues, and factors regarding non-compliance.

OFFICIAL TO WHOM THE COMMITTEE REPORTS

The Council shall provide a written report to the Secretary or delegate after each meeting. Such reports will include a discussion of issues identified for consideration and pertinent recommendations. Reports and recommendations are for advisory purposes only and are made directly to the Secretary, who is solely responsible for any action taken with respect to such recommendations.

Advisory Council Members (2011)

Gene Campbell - Hilcorp Energy Company, representing the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

Susan Breaux -Tax Manager, Superior Energy Services, representing the Tax Executives Institute

William C. Potter- Attorney, Postlethwaite & Netterville, APLC, representing the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry

Robert S. Angelico- Attorney, Liskow & Lewis, APLC, representing the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants

Michael Curtis - Director, Livingston Parish School Board, representing the Louisiana Association of Tax Administrators

Brent Golleher - Manager of Government Relations, LMOGA, representing the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association

Kyle McCoy - Vice President/Treasurer, Brookshire Grocery Company, representing Louisiana Retailers Association

William B. Marshall - Marshall & Associates, LLC, representing the Louisiana Society of Enrolled Agents

Arthur Parham - Senior Tax Adivsor, Entergy Services, Inc., representing the Council on State Taxation

William M. Backstrom, Jr. - Attorney/Partner, Jones Walker, LLP, representing the Institute for Professionals in Taxation