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Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members Selected

IR-2012-2, Jan. 5, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today announced the selection of 26 new members to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). The TAP is a federal advisory committee charged with providing direct taxpayer feedback to the IRS.

The new TAP members will join 56 returning members to round out the panel of 82 volunteers for 2012. The new members were selected from more than 400 interested individuals from across the country who applied during an open recruitment period last spring.

“TAP members play an important role for the nation’s taxpayers,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “The panelists provide the IRS with insights that help make the tax administration process better for all taxpayers.” 

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.

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 2013 may submit an application via the website during the next open recruiting period, which will begin in March 2012.

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

Last Name         

First Name      

City 

State     

Armstrong

Kenneth

Kalispell

MT

Bentley

Susan

Kihei

HI

Brayton

William

Sheridan

WY

Chivers

Laurie

Dalton

MA

Christopher

William

Winchester

KY

Chulick

Eugene

Dayton

NV

Colby

Lucy

Arlington

VA

Dell

Jack

Hayden

ID

George

Philip

Cos Cob

CT

Goldberg

Allan

Hunter

NY

Gross

Robert

Montpelier

VT

Klug

Terri

West Jordan

UT

McCrumb

Barbara

Newark

DE

Mikhail

Boris

Lindenhurst

NY

Patton

Susan

Lucinda

PA

Pinilis

Russell

Montclair

NJ

Powers

Clarke

Warrenton

OR

Ralph

Thomas

Webster

MA

Rodriguez

Luis

Forest Hills

NY

Santini

Hector

Ponce

PR

Sorich

Samuel

El Dorado Hills

CA

Sykes

Edward

Rose Hill

KS

Tuchi

Ben

Tucson

AZ

Wells

Gary

Anchorage

AK

Wolfsohn

Jonathan

East Rockaway

NY

Zachery

Martha

Inver Grove Heights

MN

 

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