A Taxpayer Advocacy Panel: It is an Opportunity to work With the IRS

A Taxpayer Advocacy Panel: It is an Opportunity to work With the IRS

You must remember about how you have used to get the filing extension of income tax return? You might file the Form 4868 to get more 4 months. So, if it was not quite enough for you then you might eke other sixty days out through filing the Form 2688. 

Hence, the taxpayers might get the 6-month extension for the individual returns through filing the Form 4868. The Form 2688 is not there now.

Now, what has happened? IRS has acknowledged that just one request for a whole period is the reasonable measurement of the taxpayer relief. Definitely, this does not make the decision in the vacuum. 

This Service has heard taxpayers by an intercession of the volunteer liaison that is duly appointed. This body is a Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. And, it is filing extension of the 6-month is just one of various success stories.

The Opportunity to Serve
TAP generally gives the alternative venue for the CPAs in order to serve the customers. The familiarity with the tax laws, the IRS publications, forms, and the taxpayer concerns actually makes the CPAs great candidates in order to recommend many improvements for the taxpayer problems and thus to take part in the focus groups. 

Though, a membership in the TAP isn’t just limited to the tax professionals. This is widely representative of the large range of the citizen volunteers. They just share their aim to help publicly in a specific way in order to assist in improving the IRS services.

An Open Forum
If the laws or the technical difficulties stop the individual relief then the TAP gives one forum where the taxpayer issues might be highlighted and thus possibly the solutions are found. 

To Listen and Recommend
TAP was formulated in the year 2002. It was created as the independent advisory group that was pursuant to Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972. The main mission of the TAP is just to listen to the taxpayers, try to identify issues of the taxpayers and then make few recommendations in order to improve the IRS service as well as the customer satisfaction.

TAP doesn’t act for the individual taxpayers and just make the recommendations which need a legislative action. Also, this solicits the grass-root problems from the taxpayers. And then formulates some recommendations in order to decrease the burden on the taxpayer. It enhances the IRS services to the taxpayers on a specific systemic level. 

This gives the listening chances for the independent taxpayer comments. It also gives suggestions regarding the IRS service as well as the customer satisfaction. Every identified tax problem is actually researched (in case essential). Then it is reviewed by the 2 committees. 

Main problems with the highest merit for a substantive alteration are actually elevated to IRS. IRS might accept these recommendations and thus implement the corresponding alterations or just dismiss those. 

A Demographic Cross-Section
There’re recently ninety-eight demographically diverse volunteer citizens on TAP that actually represent every state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Few of the members are the CPAs or they work in the tax-related professions. And, they typically reflect the cross-section of USA.

TAP actually conducts different activities through 2 kinds of the grass-roots committees, issue committees, and area committees, 1 oversight committee, and the Joint Committee. 

There are 7 issue committees that partner with IRS in order to pay attention to the national initiatives or problems which cut across the geographic boundaries. They include:

  •  The Tax Forms & Publications
  •    Communications
  •  The Small Business or Self-Employed Burden Reduction
  •    Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
  •    The Notice Improvement
  •  The Earned Income Tax Credit
  •  The Taxpayer Assistance Centers

There is a Joint Committee that is executive branch of the TAP. The members of the committee are actually TAP chair as well as vice chair, its area and issue committee chairs as well as TAP director, the TAS employee. 

Expectations of the Panel Members
The members of the TAP have just 3-year terms and the commitment to the volunteer 300-500 hours each year. The service includes the monthly 1-hour conference calls for the committee affiliation along with the more calls for the subcommittees; 1 annual, 2-day, the face-to-face meeting for every committee; one 4-day annual meeting of the TAP members; and the individual outreach.

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