[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 38 (Tuesday, February 26, 2013)]
[Pages 13157-13158]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04328]



Internal Revenue Service

Recruitment Notice for the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Treasury.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: Notice of Open Season for Recruitment of IRS Taxpayer Advocacy 
Panel (TAP) Members.

DATES: February 22, 2013, through April 1, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sheila Andrews at 317-685-7596 (not a 
toll-free call).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that the Department 
of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are inviting 
individuals to help improve the nation's tax agency by applying to be 
members of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). The mission of the TAP is 
to listen to taxpayers, identify issues that affect taxpayers, and make 
suggestions for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction. The 
TAP serves as an advisory body to the Secretary of the Treasury, the 
Commissioner of Internal Revenue, and the National Taxpayer Advocate. 
TAP members will participate in subcommittees that channel their 
feedback to the IRS through the Panel's parent committee.
    The IRS is seeking applicants who have an interest in good 
government, a personal commitment to volunteer approximately 200 to 300 
hours a year, and a desire to help improve IRS customer service. To the 
extent possible, the TAP Director will ensure that TAP membership is 
balanced and represents a cross-section of the taxpaying public with at 
least one member from each state and the District of Columbia. In 
addition, the TAP is seeking to include at least one member 
representing international taxpayers. For these purposes, 
``international taxpayers'' are broadly defined to include U.S. 
citizens working, living, or doing business abroad or in a U.S. 
territory. Potential candidates must be U.S. citizens and must pass an 
IRS tax compliance check

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and a Federal Bureau of Investigation background investigation. 
Federally-registered lobbyists cannot be members of the TAP.
    TAP members are a diverse group of citizens who represent the 
interests of taxpayers from their respective geographic locations by 
providing feedback from a taxpayer's perspective on ways to improve IRS 
customer service and administration of the federal tax system, and by 
identifying grassroots taxpayer issues. Members should have good 
communications skills and be able to speak to taxpayers about the TAP 
and TAP activities, while clearly distinguishing between TAP positions 
and their personal viewpoints.
    Interested applicants should visit the TAP Web site at 
www.improveirs.org to complete the on-line application or call the TAP 
toll-free number, 1-888-912-1227, if they have questions about TAP 
membership. The opening date for submitting applications is February 
22, 2013, and the deadline for submitting applications is April 1, 
2013. Interviews may be held. The Department of the Treasury will 
review the recommended candidates and make final selections. New TAP 
members will serve a three-year term starting in December 2013. (Note: 
highly-ranked applicants not selected as members may be placed on a 
roster of alternates who will be eligible to fill future vacancies that 
may occur on the Panel.)
    Questions regarding the selection of TAP members may be directed to 
Sheila Andrews, Acting Director, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, Internal 
Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., TA: TAP Room 1509, 
Washington, DC 20224, or 317-685-7596 (not a toll-free call).

     Dated: February 20, 2013.
Otis Simpson,
Acting Director, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel.
[FR Doc. 2013-04328 Filed 2-25-13; 8:45 am]