Washington (Dec. 16, 2002) -- National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson announced the selection of Deryle J. Temple as the Director of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). Temple will direct a geographically dispersed staff of approximately 20 Internal Revenue Service personnel to support the panel’s activities. The TAP has 102 members representing each of the 50 states. Temple is the first individual to hold this position.

"Deryle’s breadth of knowledge about the IRS will help direct panel members to appropriate resources within the IRS," Olson said. "Her experience demonstrates her proven ability to provide direct leadership and effective advocacy."

The Treasury Department created the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel in October 2002 by expanding the old Citizen Advocacy Panel. Each panel member is a U.S. citizen who will volunteer approximately 300 hours during the year. Professions represented on the panel include small business owners, retired military, professors, tax professionals, and one former state legislature member.

The panel is under the jurisdiction of the National Taxpayer Advocate, who is responsible for reports to Congress that identify areas in which taxpayers have problems in dealing with the IRS and recommends legislative changes to mitigate taxpayer problems.

-- Electronic Accountant Newswire staff

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