Robert Birch, director of corporate tax at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, is among seven tax professionals from across the country selected by the Internal Revenue Service to serve on the agency's Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee. Birch, who has more than 35 years of experience in tax information reporting, is a board member of the Tax Executives Institute Inc. and is the first president of that group's Iowa chapter. The new appointees will serve three-year terms and join 13 returning members on the advisory committee. Committee members represent the taxpaying public, tax professionals, small and large businesses, the financial industry and payroll providers.