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 issues and makes recommendations for improving IRS service.

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 issues and makes recommendations for improving IRS service. The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is now accepting applications for these IRS volunteer positions.

"TAP members are a voice for the nation’s taxpayers and provide valuable insights that are important to effective 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. Taxpayer Advocacy Panel reports annually to the Secretary of the Treasury, the IRS Commissioner and the National Taxpayer Advocate. The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, an independent organization within the IRS, provides oversight and funding for 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 TAP is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement that 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 2011. Anyone chosen as an alternate member will be considered to fill any vacancies that open in their area during the next three years.

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is seeking members in the following locations: Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Alternates are needed for Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and West Virginia.

Applications for the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel will be accepted through April 29, 2011. 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 help with the IRS. For assistance resolving a persistent tax problem or problem with the IRS, visit http://www.TaxpayerAdvocate.irs.gov.

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