Expats Need Not Apply

28 Mar

I received this call for volunteers to serve on an “advisory” committee that “listens to taxpayers” which they call the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, or TAP. I have expressed my disappointment with the help I was given my this group, which they say is NOT a part of the IRS. I say, “Ha, Ha” and if you believe that, I have a beautiful and historic bridge to sell you! In any case, they want people to serve and I would just love to volunteer, but as I read this notice it became clear that this group “provides a forum for taxpayers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.” So what do we do if we are honest and law abiding citizens who dutifully pay our taxes but who live outside the 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico? Once again, this is a case of taxation without representation. I will call the telephone number listed at the end of their notice which is pasted below. For what it is worth, I will put in my two cents and voice my disappointment that the only thing that they are willing to accept from me is my check payable to the Internal Revenue Service. I will send this to Representative Carolyn Maloney from New York who supposedly wants to help Expats have a voice in Congress. We will see what transpires as a result of these actions. I have my doubts, but I still urge you to join me and cry out for Taxation With Representation. Perhaps our combined voices will be heard.

 

IRS Seeks Volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies key issues, and makes recommendations for improving IRS service.

“TAP members give the IRS insights from every corner of our nation, helping the agency in its continuous effort to improve tax administration,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman.

The TAP provides a forum for taxpayers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to raise concerns about IRS service and offer suggestions for improvement.  The TAP reports annually to the Secretary of the Treasury, the IRS Commissioner and the National Taxpayer Advocate. The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, an independent organization within the IRS, provides oversight of the TAP.

“In trying to comply with an increasingly complex tax system, taxpayers may find they need different services than the IRS is currently providing,” said Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate. “The TAP is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement. This will help the IRS deliver the best possible service to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations.”

To be a member of the TAP you must be a U.S. citizen, current with your federal tax obligations, able to commit 300 to 500 hours during the year and able to pass an FBI criminal background check.  New TAP members will serve a three-year term starting in December 2012.  If you’re chosen as an alternate member, you’ll be considered to fill any vacancies that open in your area during the next three years.

The TAP is seeking members in the following locations: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.  The panel needs alternates for Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Applications for the TAP will be accepted through April 27, 2012. Applications are available online at www.improveirs.org.  For additional information about the TAP or the application process, please call toll-free 888-912-1227.

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