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.
|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|
For more information visit our member page.
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.
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:
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 March 31, 2023, to be considered.
Visit USAJobs for more details about how to apply to become a TAP member.
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 email@example.com, and watch our recruitment video for more information about how to contribute to this dynamic group of volunteers and serve taxpayers in your community.
You can also read more at IRS.gov.