Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members Selected 2008

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IR-2008-10, Jan. 22, 2008

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are pleased to announce the selection of 41 new members to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a Federal Advisory Committee charged with providing direct taxpayer input to the IRS.

The new panel members will join 57 returning members to round out the panel of 98 volunteers for 2008. The new members were selected from over 400 interested individuals from all over the country, who applied through an open recruitment period last spring.

The mission of the panel is to listen to taxpayers, identify issues, and make suggestions for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction. The volunteer members provide a taxpayer’s perspective on critical tax administration programs and help the IRS identify ways to improve customer service. Oversight and program support for the TAP are the responsibility of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the IRS that helps resolve taxpayer problems and recommends changes that will prevent problems.

Panel members will work with IRS executives on priority topics – primarily those involving the Wage and Investment and Small Business/Self Employed divisions. Members also serve as a conduit for grassroots issues from the public and forward taxpayers’ issues and concerns to the IRS with recommendations for improvement.

"The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel members provide a valuable voice and help improve processes within the IRS,“ said Acting IRS Commissioner Linda Stiff. “Serving their country with tax administration advice is an excellent example of volunteers making a difference in America.”

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. Panel members come from all walks of life with balanced representation from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Taxpayers can contact their state’s representative to the Panel by calling 1-888-912-1227 or contact the panel through their internet site. Taxpayers can also write to the Panel and mail correspondence to:

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

Individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the panel may submit an application via the web site, above, during the next open recruiting period beginning in March 2008.

 

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[Editors, please note that a list of the new panel members by state is included below.
New Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members Selected in December 2007.]

New Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members Selected in December 2007

Panel Member

City, State

 

Florence , Jaspconia

 

Phoenix City , AL

Finestone, Sandra

 

Irvine , CA

Jonathan, Sabby

 

Palm Desert , CA

Ling, Julia

 

San Francisco , CA

Waterman, Richard

 

Campbell , CA

Conder, Dean

 

Lakewood , CO

Adlhock, Terrance

 

Washington , DC

Kapugi, Louis

 

Sharpsburg , GA

Sewell III, Homer

Jasper, GA

Fretheim, Daniel

 

Decorah , IA

Buschmann, Raymond

 

Lake Forest , IL

Spiotto, Ann

 

Lincolnwood , IL

Wingard, Kelly

 

Decatur , IL

Monnier, David

 

Indianapolis , IN

Yandow, Robert

 

York , ME

Adams-Dodds, Carolyn

 

Detroit , MI

Mull, Robert

 

Ann Arbor , MI

White,

Regina

 

Southfield , MI

Thompson, Tommy

 

Southaven , MS

Grzebinski, Richard

 

Raleigh , NC

Welch, Peter

 

Mooresville , NC

Shoemaker, Paul

 

Lincoln , NE

Leggett, John

 

Canterbury , NH

Johnson, Edward

 

Florence , NJ

Coonradt, Richard

 

Reno , NV

Martyniuk, Lev

 

Cincinnati , OH

Taylor, Rita

 

Cincinnati , OH

Woodard, Norma

Choctaw, OK

McQuiston, Robert

 

Bryn Mawr , PA

Patterson, Robert

York (Jacobus), PA

Fuentes, Luis

Baqueron, PR

Jackson, Robert

 

Middletown , RI

McAulay, Louise

 

Florence , SC

Blanchard, Gregory

 

Cordova , TN

Capehart, Craig

 

Dallas , TX

Lynch, Reagan

 

Midland , TX

Villarreal, Josefina

 

Corpus Christi , TX

Brock, James

 

Williamsburg , VA

Birge, Eileen

 

Seattle , WA

Verwiel, John

 

Cottage Grove , WI

Holley, Joseph T

 

Barboursville , WV