Thursday, February 28, 2013

FYI: Recruitting for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP)

Hello Everyone,
I hope all is going well with you!
Our Local Taxpayer Advocate, Tiffany Todaro, requested I share the below information with you.

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) is inviting civic-minded individuals to apply to become a member of their dynamic volunteer organization whose mission is to improve the IRS. 

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP)

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is a group of citizen volunteers whose mission is to listen to taxpayers, identity taxpayers' issues, and make recommendations for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction. 


The Panel is a Federal Advisory Committee established under the authority of the Department of the Treasury.  The TAP includes representatives from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and new for this year, U.S. citizens living abroad.  The IRS has made a commitment to listen to ideas from TAP members. 


How to Apply:

Complete and submit the application online at the TAP web site between February 22, 2013 and April 1, 2013:



Please call the TAP toll-free number 1-888-912-1227 and choose prompt number five for additional information about TAP or the application process.  Callers who are outside of the U.S. should call 954-423-7973 (not a toll-free call).  You may also contact the TAP staff at for assistance.    


To qualify as a TAP member, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and able to commit 200-300 volunteer hours per year to the panel.  Applicants must also be current with tax obligations and pass an FBI criminal background check.


TAP is a unique opportunity for citizens to have direct input into improving IRS products and services.  Candidates will have until April 1, 2013 to submit their application.  Selected applicants will either serve a three-year membership term beginning in December 2013, or be chosen as an alternate member to be considered for membership if a vacancy occurs during the next three years. Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.


Jennifer Henrie-Brown, ID #94-07690
Stakeholder Liaison Specialist
Communications Stakeholder Outreach
510-637-2199/ fax 510-637-2434

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