The Internal Revenue Service is inviting individuals to help improve the nation's tax agency by applying to be members of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. The panel provides a forum for citizens from each state to make suggestions regarding IRS decision-making.

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel members:

  • Provide opportunities for citizen input and make recommendations to the IRS and Treasury on customer-service issues;
  • Identify and prioritize taxpayer issues;
  • Report annually to Treasury, the IRS and the National Taxpayer Advocate;
  • Participate in meetings where taxpayers are invited to raise issues about their experiences with the IRS; and,
  • Refer taxpayers who contact the panels to the IRS offices best able to address their issues.

"As the IRS continues to examine taxpayers' needs in the area of service, the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel has emerged as a vital source for gathering and providing information from the perspective of taxpayers," said National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, in a statement.To qualify as a TAP member, applicants must be U.S. citizens and be able to commit 300 to 500 hours during the year to the panel. In addition, they must be current with their tax obligations and pass a criminal background check.
The application is available at www.improveirs.org . Interested parties may apply online or call (888) 912-1227 for an application form. Forms must be received by April 28.

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