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IRS Advisory Committees

David W Hayes, EA, CFP®

Volunteer Member

IRS Advisory Committees

Most taxpayers, including many professional advisors, are not aware of how many advisory committees there are which work with the Internal Revenue Service on their behalf. It is easy for an organization as large and as complex as the IRS to loose contact with its client base. We see it in how our suppliers in business and stores where we shop may seem not relate to us. If that happens in commerce, the company may go out of business. When it happens in government, our lives get more complex and our frustration level rises.

The primary contact point for a taxpayer who needs help relating to the IRS in administrative manners is the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. When taxpayers have problems relating to the correct reporting of data or calculation of tax payable, there are separate avenues where help is available.

Typical situations where TAP can be helpful include requests for information or other correspondence from the IRS are difficult to understand; where tax forms, instructions, and publications are either confusing or incomplete; or where letters and notices sent to taxpayers are confusing. The problem may well be with the IRS, not the taxpayer.

There should be at least one member of TAP for each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Tennessee has two members, myself here in Mount Juliet, and another in East Tennessee. We are not restricted by geography and can assist anyone with any issue. If you ever need help, I hope you will let me help you.

In addition to TAP, there are six additional groups including those which deal with issues involving electronic reporting, reporting for tax exempt and government entities, and art appraisals.

Come by the Chamber office this Friday, November 8, and pay me a visit – or contact me anytime.

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