IRS reaching out for advisory panel volunteers

Published: Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014 - 2:34 pm

The Internal Revenue Service is seeking volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies major taxpayer concerns and makes recommendations for improving IRS services.

The TAP reports annually to the Secretary of the Treasury, the IRS commissioner and the National Taxpayer Advocate. The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate is an independent organization within the IRS and provides oversight of the TAP.

The National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, said 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.”

The TAP includes members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. TAP members must be U.S. citizens, be current with federal tax obligations, be able to commit 200 to 300 hours during a year and pass an FBI criminal background check. New TAP members will serve three-year terms starting in December this year.

Applications for the TAP will be accepted through April 11. Applications are available at For more information, call (888) 912-1227 and select prompt No. 5.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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