IR-2017-8X, April 2 X, 2017
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service says ‘thank you’ to community volunteers who have unselfishly given their time and talents through multiple programs to help America’s taxpayers and to all who volunteer across the country during National Volunteer Week, April 23 through 29.
“Volunteerism truly embodies the American spirit,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “The Service wants to recognize all community volunteers and say a hearty ‘thank you’ to those who have supported their communities and who are currently supporting America’s taxpayers in various programs.”
The IRS is especially thankful for those involved in two community volunteer programs--Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counselling for the Elderly (TCE) (co-sponsored by AARP) and other nonprofit organizations. These programs originated more than 40 years ago as part of a Congressional mandate to assist the public in meeting their tax obligations.
These programs offer free tax help for low- to moderate-income individuals, families and seniors, people with disabilities and limited English-speaking taxpayers. Last year, about 90,000 community volunteers, including many of whom are IRS employees serving in unpaid roles, staffed free tax help sites across America, preparing some 3.8 million tax returns.
The IRS also commends the civic-minded volunteers who serve on various IRS advisory committees including:
- Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a group of more than 100 citizens who listen to taxpayer concerns, identify their issues and then make suggestions for improvement to the IRS.
- Information Reporting Program Advisory Committee, whose members agree to a three-year commitment and meet five times a year in a public forum with the private sector to discuss information-reporting issues.
- Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council, that provides a public forum to review existing tax policy and makes recommendations on emerging tax-administration issues.
Community volunteers are always needed and the IRS continually seeks volunteers for its free tax preparation programs, taxpayer panels or tax advisory committees. Information on how to become an IRS volunteer can be found on IRS.gov.