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IRS seeks state volunteer for panel

You have two days left to file your 2009 tax return. You have the rest of the month to put your name in the hat as member of a committee that reviews and shares views on tax policy.

The Internal Revenue Service is looking for civic-minded volunteers to serve on its Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a federal advisory committee “that listens to taxpayers, identifies key issues and makes recommendations for improving IRS service.”

The committee contains members from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. There is an opening for the slot dedicated to the Evergreen State.

“The TAP is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayer’s perspective and recommendations for improvements ,” said Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, in the release.

To be a member of the TAP, you must be a U.S. citizen, current with your federal tax obligations, able to commit 300 to 500 hours during the year and able to pass an FBI criminal background check. New TAP members serve a three-year term starting in December 2010.

Applications for TAP will be accepted through April 30, and are available online at www. improveirs.org  . For additional information , call 888-912-1227.

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