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Washington, D.C. – Wyoming citizens have the opportunity to take an active role in ensuring taxpayers have a voice with the Internal Revenue Service by applying for the agency’s Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), according to U.S. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Representative Barbara Cubin, all R-Wyo.

Comprised of volunteers from across the country, the TAP’s mission is to listen to taxpayers, identify taxpayers’ issues and make recommendations for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction.  Representatives serve three-year appointments on the panel.

“During this time of year, every taxpayer deals with the IRS and some find the experience frustrating.  That’s why Wyoming citizens need a representative to voice opinions on improvements that will affect every taxpayer.  Common sense solutions will help the IRS to better serve taxpayers, and we hope a Wyoming resident will volunteer to provide a citizen voice from our state,” Enzi said.

“Dealing with the IRS is a daunting undertaking for many American taxpayers.  This program provides taxpayers with another voice in a process that can be overwhelming.  The Taxpayer Advocate has a key role to play in identifying programmatic problems with the system currently in place, and I encourage any Wyoming resident with the time and passion to make a difference to consider serving on the Panel,” Barrasso said.

"Wyoming taxpayers know from their own experiences how complex and burdensome our current tax code can be.  Fortunately, we have groups like the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, which allow citizens to voice concerns about the tax process and propose ways to improve the customer service of the IRS. We encourage interested applicants to apply for this panel, and are confident the new advocate will continue to stand up for the best interest of taxpayers in Wyoming,” Cubin said. 

TAP is looking for citizens to give an outside perspective on IRS processes and procedures that cause taxpayers problems.  Applicants must have up-to-date income taxes, be U.S. citizens and be able to commit 300 to 500 hours per year to the panel.

Applications are currently being accepted through the April 30 deadline.  For more information on TAP and how to apply, log on to www.improveirs.org or contact Ann Logan in Cheyenne at 307-633-0800.