The Internal Revenue Service is looking for a New York to volunteer to serve on its Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies major concerns and makes recommendations for improvements. The panel reports annual to the secretary of the treasury, the IRS commissioner and the national taxpayer advocate, an independent organization within the agency.
The panel includes members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each member represents the interests of taxpayers in his or her geographic location as well as all taxpayers.
“In trying to comply with an increasingly complex tax system, taxpayers may find they need different services than the IRS is currently providing,” Nina E. Olson, the advocate, said in a statement. “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.”
In addition to New York, the panel is seeking members from the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont and Virginia, along with at least one international representative for U.S. citizens working, living or doing business abroad or in a U.S. territory.
The panel needs alternates for the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina and West Virginia.
To serve on the panel, you must be an American citizen, be current with your federal tax obligations, pass an FBI criminal background check and be able to commit 200 to 300 hours during the year. New members will serve a three-year term starting in December. Applicants chosen as alternates will be considered to fill any vacancies that open in their areas in the next three years.
Federal advisory committees are required to have a fairly balanced membership in terms of points of view. So candidates from underrepresented groups, such as U.S. taxpayers living abroad, Native Americans and non-tax professionals, are encouraged to apply.
Applications, which are available online, will be accepted through April 11. For more information, call 888-912-1227 (toll free) and select prompt number five. Callers who are outside the U.S. and in U.S. territories should call 954-423-7973 (not a toll-free call). You may also contact the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.