By Bernie Becker

The House Ways and Means Committee formally announced 11 separate working groups they hope will push the ball forward on tax reform.

The working groups will not be charged with crafting recommendations or proposals in their issue areas, but will instead be on more of a fact-finding mission.

Each working group has until April 15 to turn in their feedback, and will be reaching out to a wide range of sources – stakeholders, academics, fellow lawmakers, tax practitioners and the public at large. The groups will each have a GOP chair, with a Democrat holding the vice chair slot.