Tell the IRS exactly what you think

Ever dreamed of telling the taxman what he can do with itemized deductions? Here’s your chance.

The Internal Revenue Service is looking for volunteers from Tennessee – and several other states – willing to serve on a federal advisory committee that will recommend ways to improve IRS service.

Volunteers must be willing to commit up to 500 hours during the year and pass an FBI criminal background check. And, committee members must be current on their federal taxes. The deadline to apply is April 27.

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel “is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement. This will help the IRS deliver the best possible service to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations,” Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, said in a news release.

New committee members will serve three-year terms beginning in December 2012.

In addition to Tennessee, TAP needs new members from Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Citizens willing to serve as alternate committee members are needed for Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Applications are available online at For more information call toll-free 888-912-1227.