WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies key issues, and makes recommendations for improving service.
“TAP members give the insights from every corner of our nation, helping the agency in its continuous effort to improve tax administration,” said Commissioner Doug Shulman. The provides a forum for taxpayers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to raise concerns about service and offer suggestions for improvement. The reports annually to the Secretary of the Treasury, the Commissioner and the National Taxpayer Advocate. The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, an independent organization within the , provides oversight of the . “In trying to comply with an increasingly complex tax system, taxpayers may find they need different services than the is currently providing,” said Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate. “The is vital because it provides the with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement. This will help the deliver the best possible service to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations.” To be a member of the 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 criminal background check. New 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 is seeking members in the following locations: Alabama, Arizona, 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 will be accepted through April 27, 2012. Applications are available online at www.improveirs.org. For additional information about the or the application process, please call toll-free 888-912-1227.