Internal Revenue Service Seeks Volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

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The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies key taxpayer issues, and makes recommendations for improving IRS service.

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The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies key taxpayer issues, and makes recommendations for improving IRS service. The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is now accepting applications for these volunteer positions.

“Taxpayer Advocacy Panel members give the IRS insights from every corner of our nation, helping the agency in its continuous effort to improve tax administration,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel provides a forum for taxpayers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to raise concerns about IRS service and offer suggestions for improvement. The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel reports annually to the Secretary of the Treasury, the IRS Commissioner and the National Taxpayer Advocate. The Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the IRS, provides oversight of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel.

“In trying to comply with an increasingly complex tax system, taxpayers may find they need different services than the IRS is currently providing,” said Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate. “The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement. This will help the IRS deliver the best possible service to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations.”

To be a member of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel you must be a U.S. citizen, current with your federal tax obligations, able to commit 300 to 500 hours during the year and able to pass an FBI criminal background check. New Taxpayer Advocacy Panel members will serve a three-year term starting in December 2012. If you’re chosen as an alternate member, you’ll be considered to fill any vacancies that open in your area during the next three years.

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is seeking members in the following locations: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The panel needs alternates for Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Applications for the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel will be accepted through April 27, 2012. Applications are available online at http://www.improveirs.org. For additional information about the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel or the application process, please call toll-free 888-912-1227.

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel does not provide tax advice or help with individual tax problems. For assistance resolving a persistent tax problem or hardship caused by the IRS, visit http://www.TaxpayerAdvocate.irs.gov.

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