[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 23 (Thursday, February 5, 2009)]
[Pages 6220-6221]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-2424]



Internal Revenue Service

Recruitment Notice for the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Treasury.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: Notice for Recruitment of IRS Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) 

DATES: March 16, 2009 through April 30, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shawn Collins at 202-622-1245.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that the Department 
of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are inviting 
individuals to

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help improve the nation's tax agency by applying to be members of the 
Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. The mission of the TAP is to provide citizen 
input into enhancing IRS customer satisfaction and service by 
identifying problems and making recommendations for improvement of IRS 
systems and procedures and elevating the identified problems to the 
appropriate IRS official. 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.
    The IRS is seeking applicants who have an interest in good 
government, a personal commitment to volunteer approximately 300 to 500 
hours a year, and a desire to help improve IRS customer service. To the 
extent possible, the IRS would like to ensure a balanced TAP membership 
representing a cross-section of the taxpaying public throughout the 
United States. Potential candidates must be U.S. citizens, compliant 
with Federal, state and local taxes, and pass a background 
    TAP Members are a diverse group of citizens who work as valuable 
partners of the IRS by providing input from a taxpayer's perspective on 
ways to improve IRS customer service and administration of the Federal 
tax system. In order to be an effective member of TAP, applicants must 
possess the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to (1) identify 
grassroots taxpayer issues by soliciting input directly from taxpayers 
and (2) work effectively with TAP committees, and IRS program staff, to 
research and analyze issues, develop solutions, and make 
recommendations to the IRS on ways to improve programs and procedures. 
TAP members work to identify and solve problems by: Actively 
participating in committee meetings; expressing their views; listening 
to the views of others, showing a willingness to explore new ideas, and 
contributing their knowledge and experience in committee deliberations. 
TAP members should have good communications skills and be able to make 
effective presentations 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 http://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 March 16, 
2009, and the deadline for submitting applications is April 30, 2009. 
Finalists will be ranked by experience and suitability. The most 
qualified candidates will complete a panel interview. The Secretary of 
the Treasury will review the recommended candidates and make final 
selections. (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 
Shawn Collins, Acting Director, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, Internal 
Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 1314, Washington, 
DC 20224, or 202-622-1245.

    Dated: January 29, 2009.
Shawn Collins,
Acting Director, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel.
[FR Doc. E9-2424 Filed 2-4-09; 8:45 am]