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IRS seeking Florida 'volunteer' for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

 
Published April 13, 2015

Fed up with figuring out your taxes? On hold too long with the IRS? Frustrated to discover they can't answer your question anyway?

Here's your chance to stand up for like-minded taxpayers across the country.

The Internal Revenue Services is seeking "civic-minded volunteers" in Florida and 17 other states (plus the District of Columbia) to serve on its 75-person Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). The federal advisory committee is charged with identifying major taxpayer concerns and making recommendations for improving IRS service.

The TAP includes members from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and one member representing international taxpayers. A three-year term for those states up in the rotation this year will begin in December 2015. Alternate members are also being picked in 31 states.

Applications are being accepted through April 20 at usajobs.gov. Or go to improveirs.org or call 888-912-1227 and select prompt number five for more information.

To qualify, you have to be a U.S. citizen, be current with your federal tax obligations, and pass an FBI criminal background check.

And one other key weeding-out qualification: you have to be able to commit 200 to 300 volunteer hours during the year — presumably in between prepping your own taxes.