Tell The IRS What You Think

March 20, 2014 | Kate Horrell

Ever had an opinion about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?  Most of us have, and it can be frustrating that there is  no way to “tell someone.”  Some people, however, do that have that opportunity because they sit on the IRS Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP.)  And right now, the TAP is looking for more members!

The TAP is a group of volunteers who listens to taxpayers, identifies taxpayers’ issues, and makes suggestions for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction.  It receives input through outreach events and suggestions made via telephone and online.  Issues are discussed and dissected before being passed on to the IRS itself.

The 75 volunteers of the TAP come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and overseas taxpayers.  Membership in TAP requires a time commitment of 200-300 hours per year, which is a lot for most people.  The members also need to be available for occasional travel for committee meetings.

If my family situation were a little different right now, I would absolutely be applying.  I suspect that military families are under-represented in IRS consideration, and goodness knows that we have our own special issues!

If you are able and interested in serving our country in this non-paid position, please apply before the application deadline of 11 April 2014.