IRS INVITES TAXPAYERS TO APPLY FOR TAXPAYER PANEL


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John H. Fisher

IR-2004-46, April 1, 2004

IRS INVITES TAXPAYERS TO APPLY FOR TAXPAYER PANEL

WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service is inviting civic-minded
individuals to help improve the nations tax agency by applying to be
members of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. The panel provides a forum for
citizens from each state to make suggestions regarding IRS decision
making.

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) members:

- Provide opportunities to listen to citizens and make recommendations to
the IRS and Treasury on customer-service issues.
- Identify and prioritize taxpayer issues.
- Report annually to Treasury and the National Taxpayer Advocate.
- Participate in meetings where taxpayers are invited to raise issues
about their experiences with the IRS.
- Refer taxpayers who contact the panels to the IRS offices best able to
address their issues.

"Because of the Administration's actions to greatly expand the Taxpayer
Advocate Panel to all 50 states, it now is able to play an even more
critical roleensuring that taxpayers from every corner of the country
will have their voices heard," said Treasury Secretary John Snow. "To
reach the goal of providing world-class service to the hard working
Americans who pay the taxes, one of the most vital things we must do is
listen better to their concerns and suggestions, and ensure that their
rights are being fully protected. After all, it's their money."

"We are committed to working with taxpayers to improve the
customer-service focus of the IRS," said Nina Olson, IRS National Taxpayer
Advocate. "Working with taxpayers directly helps us identify issues that
may not be on the IRS radar screen. We can also hear their concerns about
issues the IRS is already addressing."

To qualify as a TAP member, applicants must be U.S. citizens and be able
to commit about 300 hours during the year to the panel. In addition, they
must be current with their tax obligations and pass a criminal background
check.

The application is available at www.improveirs.org. You can apply on-line
or download the form and mail it to:

Milwaukee TAP Office
Stop 1006MIL
310 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203-2221

If you do not have access to a computer, call 1-866-602-2223 for an
application form.

Applications must be received by the TAP Office by April 30, 2004.

"Jack" - John H. Fisher - (e-mail address removed)
Philadelphia, Pa - Atlantic City, NJ - West Wildwood, NJ
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