(PRWEB) March 10, 2014
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 tax issues and makes recommendations to help the IRS deliver the best possible service to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations and get tax help. The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is now accepting applications for these volunteer positions in certain states and from U.S. citizens living abroad or in a U.S. territory.
TAP provides a forum for taxpayers to raise concerns about IRS service and tax issues, and offer suggestions for IRS improvement. TAP 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 TAP.
“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 TAP is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement. This helps the IRS deliver the best possible service to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations.”
TAP includes members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each volunteer member is appointed to represent the interests of taxpayers in his or her geographic location as well as taxpayers as a whole. TAP is also seeking to include at least one additional volunteer member to represent international taxpayers. For these purposes, “international taxpayers” are broadly defined to include U.S. citizens working, living or doing business abroad or in a U.S. territory.
TAP includes members from all segments of the population with varying backgrounds and experiences, representing the view of the average American taxpayer. There is no specialized tax experience required to serve on TAP. Federal advisory committees are required to have a fairly balanced membership in terms of the points of view represented. As such, candidates from underrepresented groups, including, but not limited to, U.S. taxpayers living abroad, Native Americans and non-tax practitioners, are encouraged to apply. TAP provides members with the information they need to effectively contribute to the panel. Citizens without tax expertise are encouraged to apply. TAP members must be U.S. citizens, be current with their federal tax obligations, be able to commit 200 to 300 hours during the year and pass an FBI criminal background check. New TAP members will serve a three-year term beginning in December 2014.
TAP is seeking members in the following locations:
TAP also needs alternate members for:
-The District of Columbia
The TAP application deadline is April 11, 2014. To apply, visit http://www.improveirs.org. For additional information about TAP or the application process, please call toll-free 888-912-1227 and select prompt number five. Callers outside of the United States and U.S. territories should call 954-423-7973 or email taxpayeradvocacypanel(at)irs(dot)gov.
The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel does not provide tax advice or help with individual tax problems. For general tax help or assistance resolving a persistent tax problem or IRS issues, visit http://www.TaxpayerAdvocate.irs.gov.