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Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members Selected

IR-2011-18, Feb. 18, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the selection of 32 new members to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. The TAP is a federal advisory committee charged with providing direct taxpayer feedback to the IRS.

The new TAP members will join 70 returning members to round out the panel of 102 volunteers for 2011. The new members were selected from more than 500 interested individuals from all over the country who applied during an open recruitment period last spring.

"TAP members represent the nation’s taxpayers, both in what they want and what they need," said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. "They provide the IRS with invaluable insights to ensure that the taxpaying public has a voice in the tax administration process. "

 

The TAP listens to taxpayers, identifies issues and makes suggestions for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction. Oversight and program support for the TAP are provided by the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the IRS that helps resolve taxpayer problems and make recommendations to avoid future problems.

"It is extremely important that the IRS consider the needs and preferences of America’s taxpayers," said Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate. "The vital work of these citizen volunteers helps the IRS provide all taxpayers with the top quality service they deserve."

TAP members work with IRS executives on priority topics, primarily those involving the Wage & Investment and Small Business/Self-Employed operating divisions. Members also serve as a conduit for bringing grassroots concerns raised by the taxpaying public to the attention of the IRS, along with recommendations for improvement.

TAP members are U.S. citizens who volunteer to serve a three-year appointment and are expected to devote 300 to 500 hours per year to panel activities. TAP members are demographically and geographically diverse, providing balanced representation from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Taxpayers can contact the TAP representative for their geographic area by calling 888-912-1227 (a toll-free call) or via the Internet at www.improveirs.org. Taxpayers can also send written correspondence to the TAP at the following address:

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP)
TA: TAP, Room 1314
1111 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20224

Individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the TAP for 2012 may submit an application via the website www.improveirs.org during the next open recruiting period, which will begin in March 2011.

A list of the new TAP members by state is included below.

 

Last Name

First Name

City

State

Acero

Antonio

Myrtle Beach

SC

Baldwin

Barbara

Auburn

CA

Bekolo

Paulette Germain

Chapel Hill

NC

Bilancia

Richard

Loveland

CO

Brandewie

Shaun

Sidney

OH

Davine

Jeffrey

Los Angeles

CA

DelTergo

Michael

Westfield

NJ

Eng

Harry

St. Charles

IL

Fisher

Aileen

Burlingame

CA

Fishman

Annie

Rockwall

TX

Hayden

Robert

Monroe

MI

Hitchcock

Colleen

Lacey

WA

Janci

Gerald

Pittsboro

MS

Kalimeris

Angeliki

Woonsocket

RI

Kelly

Eileen

Wilmette

IL

Kendall

Edith

Marion

IA

Kennerty

Michael

Lawrenceville

GA

Levine

David

Reno

NV

Marshalek

Mark

Powell

OH

McPeak

Catherine

Plano

TX

Palmer

George

McLoud

OK

Perez

Santa

Las Vegas

NV

Petersen-Grosse

Chris

Elkhart

IN

Purkayastha

PK

Saline

MI

Rible

Robert

Santa Cruz

CA

Roy

Brian

Nashua

NH

Silva

Michael

North East

MD

Smith

Toni

Omaha

NE

Webster

Walter

Dauphin

PA

Wechter

Thomas

Glencoe

IL

Williams

Cindi

Summerset

SD

Wongshue

Lina

Orlando

FL

 

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