TAP Welcomes 16 New Members; Seeks Civic-Minded Volunteers to Apply for 2024

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Interested candidates from all states encouraged to apply by April 30

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) is excited to welcome eight new members to the 2023 panel. These new members will join eight alternate members who were previously approved, for a total of 16 new active members, and a total of 63 members for the year.

“Congratulations and welcome to all of our new Taxpayer Advocacy Panel members,” said National Taxpayer Advocate Erin M. Collins. “I am grateful for the time and talents the members bring to the panel and their devotion to making the American tax system work better for everyone. Their commitment to listen to taxpayers, understand the problems they are experiencing, and then bring that perspective to the table with our IRS partners is a great model for how we can improve the taxpayer experience with the IRS when we work together.”

TAP members serve as a conduit for bringing grassroots concerns raised by the taxpaying public to the attention of the IRS, and work on a variety of issues that impact taxpayers in key areas where the IRS and the public interact the most.

“I predict this is going to be a busy and productive year, and I know our TAP volunteers are up to the challenge,” said 2023 National TAP Chair Dr. Eugene Lillie.

TAP Members by Location

Name State Name State Name State
April L Smith Alabama Shelley McCracken-Rania Indiana Danielle Roberts North Carolina
Tor Daley Alaska Timothy Trepa * Iowa Kameelah Guthridge Ohio
Kristin Gentile White Arizona Jon Ramirez Kansas Robin Mosley Ohio
Sarah Berry * Arkansas Anthony Jackson Jr. Louisiana Candace Smith Oklahoma
Debra Kurita California Conner Mcfarland Maine Charles Slaney * Oregon
Angela Madison California Evan Avila * Maryland Aissata Diaby * Pennsylvania
Sarah Holtzclaw California Daniel Leatham Massachusetts Cynthia Mills Pennsylvania
Tracey Maria Randall York California Steven Hoffman Massachusetts Patricia Thompson Rhode Island
Richard Rodriguez California Denise J Besson Michigan Ellen Dickey * South Dakota
Jean Miller Connecticut Mikaela Binsfeld Minnesota James Wiseman Tennessee
Cheryl Crowe Delaware George H Williams Mississippi Rita Green Tennessee
Renee Tiongquico District of Columbia Manuel Dominguez * Missouri Jason Brinkley * Texas
Rebecca Lammers International Jared Lefevre Montana Richard Bell Texas
Eric Koo * Florida Ruth Guyon Nebraska Denise Andrews Texas
Kimberly Fox Florida David Newingham Nevada Anthony Earwood Texas
Joanne Thurston Georgia Eugene Lillie New Jersey Aida V Lopez Quinones * U.S. territory
Aisha Earle Georgia Steven Sklar * New York Philip George Utah
Christine Scott Hawaii Shequeila Birdsong New York Jantel VanOrden * Utah
Melanie Almeida * Idaho Steven Hall * New York Lucinda Weigel Virginia
Kim Pederzani Illinois Charles R Harvey New York Donna Patterson Washington
Michelle Brookens * Illinois Joel Gelb * New York Charles Simineo Wyoming

*New Members

For more information visit our member page.

Recruitment Now Open for 2024

Applications for the 2024 TAP year are now being accepted from civic-minded volunteers looking for ways to serve their communities. TAP members volunteer to serve a three-year term and are expected to devote 200 to 300 hours per year to panel activities. The TAP continues to make a difference in the U.S. tax system, and new members have a unique opportunity to join this dynamic group.

To the extent possible, TAP members are selected in part to achieve demographic and geographic diversity, providing balanced representation from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, with an additional member representing the interests of taxpayers working, living or doing business abroad.

Who can apply?

Federal advisory committees are required to have a balanced representation of different viewpoints. Therefore, applicants from under-represented groups, such as Native Americans and non-tax professionals, are particularly encouraged to apply.

The TAP is currently seeking candidates in the following states and territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. However, candidates residing in all locations are encouraged to apply, and all timely applications will be considered.

TAP members must be:

  • U.S. citizens who are current with their federal tax obligations;
  • Able to commit 200 to 300 volunteer hours during the year; and
  • Able to pass a Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check.

Members cannot be federally registered lobbyists or current employees of the Department of the Treasury or the IRS. Former Treasury or IRS employees and former TAP members can be considered for appointment three years after their employment or previous TAP membership has ended. Tax practitioner applicants must be in good standing with the IRS (meaning not currently under suspension or disbarment).

New TAP members will serve a three-year term starting in December 2023. Applicants chosen as alternate members will be considered to fill any vacancies in their areas during the next three years. Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2023, to be considered.

Visit USAJobs for more details about how to apply to become a TAP member.

More about the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

The TAP is a federal advisory committee that serves an important role in tax administration. TAP members are a diverse group of citizens who possess a sense of civic duty, patriotism and belief in an effective and well-regarded tax system.

TAP members volunteer their time and energy to improve IRS services and taxpayer satisfaction by listening to taxpayers, identifying issues and making recommendations to improve IRS service and customer satisfaction.

For additional information about TAP’s legacy and legacy of advocacy, check out our 20-year anniversary page. For more details about TAP recruitment email the TAP staff at, and watch our recruitment video for more information about how to contribute to this dynamic group of volunteers and serve taxpayers in your community.

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