The Internal Revenue Service is accepting applications for joining its Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. The TAP provides a forum for citizens from each state to make suggestions regarding IRS decision-making, and works to identify and prioritize taxpayer issues. "We are committed to working with taxpayers to improve the customer-service focus of the IRS," said Nina Olson, IRS National Taxpayer Advocate, in a statement. "Working with taxpayers directly helps us identify issues that may not be on the IRS radar screen. We can also hear their concerns about issues the IRS is already addressing." TAP 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, or by calling (888) 912-1227. Applications must be received by the TAP office by April 29.

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