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4/15/2019
IRS and deadline

Given it’s recently National Volunteer Week, here’s an opportunity.

The Internal Revenue Service, which has its personal income tax filing deadline on April 15 — Monday — is seeking volunteers to serve on its Taxpayer Advocacy Panel.

The 59-member panel listens to taxpayers, identifies taxpayer concerns and suggests ways to improve customer service.

The panel, as much as possible, includes members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and one international member who represents U.S. taxpayers living outside of the United States, according to the IRS.

The panel reports to the secretary of the Treasury, the IRS commissioner and the national taxpayer advocate.

Only U.S. citizens may be a member of the panel. They must be current with tax obligations, pass a FBI criminal background check, and be able to allot between 200 and 300 hours (about 25 to 37 days) to the panel’s duties.

Federal lobbyists need not apply, but current and former Department of the Treasury and IRS employees may under certain circumstances. As may tax practitioners.

But non-tax professionals and under-represented groups, such as Alaska Natives, are encouraged by the IRS to apply.

Applicants are being sought in Alaska.

The filing deadline is May 3 for the three-year term that begins in December. The panel seated 25 new members for 2019.

More information is available on the panel’s website at: https://improveirs.org.

Who knew that the IRS had volunteers? Volunteers are everywhere. They truly make this country run.