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TAP Benefits

TAP offers its members a unique opportunity to participate in the improvement of both the American tax administration system and the organization of the IRS. TAP members make progress on local, pressing tax issues by working directly with the IRS. Members serve as listening posts to their community and provide local input on tax-related issues. TAP members have the unique opportunity to work directly with taxpayers and the IRS to help change the IRS.


  • Standards of Ethical Conduct/Volunteer Agreement
    • In partnership with the IRS, TAP members focus on ways to improve IRS responsiveness to taxpayer needs and the quality of taxpayer service.
    • TAP members volunteer 200 to 300 hours per year on panel activities and serve a three-year term.
    • TAP members are expected to travel a few times a year to attend committee meetings, training and TAP outreach events, but the majority of communication is done via email and teleconference.
    • TAP members have at least one face-to-face meeting annually (budget permitting) and hold monthly conference calls.

Member Selection

  • Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Member Position Description
    • The number of TAP member representatives is based on the number of Taxpayer Advocate Service Local Taxpayer Advocates in each state.
    • Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application during open recruitment periods.
    • A notice will appear in the Federal Register and on this website to announce the open recruitment period dates each year.
    • Current IRS and Treasury employees are not eligible for TAP membership.

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