Bar News - April 20, 2007
Do You Want to Change the IRS?
The Internal Revenue Service is inviting civic-minded people to help improve the nation’s tax agency by applying to become members of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). The mission of the panel is to listen to taxpayers, identify issues and make recommendations for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction.
The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is a national forum for taxpayers from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. All members are invited to make their voices heard and help identify “grass roots” tax issues important to taxpayers.
Panelists serve in an advisory capacity through meetings and focus groups and participate in taxpayer outreach opportunities by speaking to individuals and groups about the panel’s work. The panel will annually report and publish the results of their work.
Application forms are available through April 30, 2007. Interested parties may apply online at www.improveirs.org. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, able to commit 300 to 500 volunteer hours per year to the panel and must be current with tax obligations. Applicants will also go through a background check.