NSA was invited by the House Ways and Means Committee to offer testimony regarding its position on the Internal Revenue Service's budget. Dr. William (Bill) Stevenson, chairman of the Federal Taxation Committee, suggested that Bryan Gates, member of NSA's Federal Taxation Committee, carry the colors of NSA into the halls of Congress. Jeff Adelstone, who was NSA's president during this period, approved Bill's suggestion.
Bryan made an eloquent appeal before the House Committee to fully fund the IRS so that the plans for the "new" IRS could go forward. Congress reacted positively to Bryan's insights and gave the IRS 99% of everything it had requested. After President Clinton signed the bill, Commissioner Rossotti was so overwhelmed with emotion by NSA's support that he broke with tradition by personally telephoning Bryan and NSA'S current president, Ralph McBride, to express his personal gratitude and appreciation. He told Ralph and Bryan that NSA, and perhaps only one or two other groups, were instrumental in persuading Congress to fully fund the Agency's budget.
NSA's history is rich with examples of a constructive relationship with the IRS. As early as 1951, NSA worked with the Service to revise Circular 230 which allowed "Representing Agents," now Enrolled Agents, to practice before the IRS. In 1993, the IRS honored NSA's request to allow Enrolled Agents and CPAs to represent taxpayers before Appeals in cases docketed in the United States Tax Court. NSA is also responsible for orchestrating the change in the IRS' mission from one of compliance to that of service.
Over the years, many NSA members have served on the Commissioner's Advisory Group--now called the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council. Some of...