IRS Needs Volunteers To Help Improve Your Taxpaying Experience

The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday put out a request for people willing to volunteer their time on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. The TAP is a federal advisory committee which collects input from taxpayers in an effort to identify major taxpayer concerns and makes recommendations for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction.

The IRS would like to include people from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and even one member who is living abroad.

"In trying to comply with an increasingly complex tax system, taxpayers may find they need different services than the IRS is currently providing," said Nina E. Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate. "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."

You do have to be a U.S. citizen, be current with you federal tax obligations, be ready to spend 200 to 300 hours volunteering during the year, and you will have to pass an FBI background check to qualify for the TAP.

Applications for the TAP will be accepted through May 3, 2019. The people selected will serve for three years starting in December of this year.

For more information, just visit or call 1-888-912-1227 and select prompt number five. Callers who are outside of the U.S. may call 214-413-6523 (not a toll-free call). Or click to


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