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IR-2008-10 January 22, 2008

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members Selected

WASHINGTON - The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are pleased to announce the selection of 41 new members to serve on the nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a Federal Advisory Committee charged with providing direct taxpayer input to the IRS.

The new panel members will join 57 returning members to round out the panel of 98 volunteers for 2008. The new members were selected from over 400 interested individuals from all over the country, who applied through an open recruitment period last spring.

The mission of the panel is to listen to taxpayers, identify issues, and make suggestions for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction. The volunteer members provide a taxpayer’s perspective on critical tax administration programs and help the IRS identify ways to improve customer service. Oversight and program support for the TAP are the responsibility of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the IRS that helps resolve taxpayer problems and recommends changes that will prevent problems.

Panel members will work with IRS executives on priority topics – primarily those involving the Wage and Investment and Small Business/Self Employed divisions. Members also serve as a conduit for grassroots issues from the public and forward taxpayers’ issues and concerns to the IRS with recommendations for improvement.

"The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel members provide a valuable voice and help improve processes within the IRS,“ said Acting IRS Commissioner Linda Stiff. “Serving their country with tax administration advice is an excellent example of volunteers making a difference in America.”

TAP members are U.S. citizens who volunteer to serve a three-year appointment and are expected to devote 300 to 500 hours per year to panel activities. Panel members come from all walks of life with balanced representation from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Taxpayers can contact their state’s representative to the Panel by calling 1-888-912-1227 or contact the panel through their internet site. Taxpayers can also write to the Panel and mail correspondence to:

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP)
TA: TAP Room 1314
1111 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20224

Individuals interested in volunteering to serve on the panel may submit an application via the web site, above, during the next open recruiting period beginning in March 2008.

[Editors, please note that a list of the new panel members by state is included below.
New Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members Selected in December 2007.]

New Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members Selected in December 2007

Panel Member

City, State

Florence , Jaspconia

Phoenix City , AL

Finestone, Sandra

Irvine , CA

Jonathan, Sabby

Palm Desert , CA

Ling, Julia

San Francisco , CA

Waterman, Richard

Campbell , CA

Conder, Dean

Lakewood , CO

Adlhock, Terrance

Washington , DC

Kapugi, Louis

Sharpsburg , GA

Sewell III, Homer

Jasper, GA

Fretheim, Daniel

Decorah , IA

Buschmann, Raymond

Lake Forest , IL

Spiotto, Ann

Lincolnwood , IL

Wingard, Kelly

Decatur , IL

Monnier, David

Indianapolis , IN

Yandow, Robert

York , ME

Adams-Dodds, Carolyn

Detroit , MI

Mull, Robert

Ann Arbor , MI



Southfield , MI

Thompson, Tommy

Southaven , MS

Grzebinski, Richard

Raleigh , NC

Welch, Peter

Mooresville , NC

Shoemaker, Paul

Lincoln , NE

Leggett, John

Canterbury , NH

Johnson, Edward

Florence , NJ

Coonradt, Richard

Reno , NV

Martyniuk, Lev

Cincinnati , OH

Taylor, Rita

Cincinnati , OH

Woodard, Norma

Choctaw, OK

McQuiston, Robert

Bryn Mawr , PA

Patterson, Robert

York (Jacobus), PA

Fuentes, Luis

Baqueron, PR

Jackson, Robert

Middletown , RI

McAulay, Louise

Florence , SC

Blanchard, Gregory

Cordova , TN

Capehart, Craig

Dallas , TX

Lynch, Reagan

Midland , TX

Villarreal, Josefina

Corpus Christi , TX

Brock, James

Williamsburg , VA

Birge, Eileen

Seattle , WA

Verwiel, John

Cottage Grove , WI

Holley, Joseph T

Barboursville , WV

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