The IRS Needs Volunteers for the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

The IRS is looking for a few good men and women. The IRS is looking for volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, and help identify concerns and make recommendations for changes and improvements to IRS services.

“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.”

There are some requirements: You must be a US citizen, current with your taxes, pass an FBI criminal background check, and be able to commit 200-300 hours each year. New TAP members will begin serving a three-year term this December. The TAP is looking for members in Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and International; alternates are needed for the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina and West Virginia.

You can find applications here. Additional information about the TAP and/or the application process is available from 888-912-1227 (select prompt number five) or by email at taxpayeradvocacypanel@irs.gov.

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