IRS seeking Illinois-based ‘taxpayer advocates’

(The Center Square) — The Internal Revenue Service is seeking Illinois residents to be the voice of taxpayers.

The Taxpayer Advocate Panel member wouldn’t be lobbying the IRS to lower taxes, rather become the delegate for Illinoisans in an effort to improve their department’s efficiency and overall ease of interaction. “They make recommendations for approving IRS service and customer satisfaction,” said IRS spokesman Christopher Miller. The position is voluntary and would be subject to background checks, but Miller says it’s proven to be a valuable résumé line. “It sure does look good on a résumé when you’re able to be on a federal advisory committee helping improve one of the largest organizations in government,” he said.One of the recent improvements that came from the TAP was the bureau’s effort to simplify the language they use, removing tax-related jargon where possible. Miller said the IRS is looking for a broad range of citizens to fill its panels and having no tax experience shouldn’t dissuade people from applying. Those interested in serving on the panel may apply through March 30. New TAP members will serve a three-year term starting in December 2020. People can apply at

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