Washington D.C.
May 06, 2019
May 06, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - May involve infrequent overnight travel to attend multi-day meetings/events? (Note: Panel members will be reimbursed by the IRS for authorized travel expenses.)

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

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  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
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    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS - Volunteer TAP Members Must: 

    • Be willing to commit approximately 200 to 300 volunteer hours per year to the Panel;
    • Be current with all Federal tax obligations;
    • Pass an FBI criminal background check;
    • Not be a federally registered lobbyist; and
    • Not be a current Treasury or IRS employee or have worked for the Treasury or IRS within the past three years.
    • Not be a current volunteer TAP member or have served as a volunteer TAP member within the last three years.
    • Individuals who practice before the IRS must be in good standing with IRS (meaning not currently under suspension or disbarment)

    For the volunteer Taxpayer Advocacy Panel to be most effective, the members of the Panel must possess good interpersonal communication skills, organizational skills, and have access to a computer. Members should also have the ability to problem solve within a group of other civic-minded professionals. 

    Outreach to the public is vitally important to the success of the TAP. As a member you will be expected to identify and participate in various outreach activities to solicit input from taxpayers about IRS products and services. Members should have good listening skills and the ability to interact with groups and individuals to solicit feedback from the public. Ideal candidates should be able to separate their personal views from TAP/IRS issues. 

    TAP includes members from all segments of the population with varying backgrounds and experiences; they represent the view of the average American taxpayer. There is no specialized tax experience required to serve on the TAP. Members will be provided the information needed to effectively contribute to the panel. 

    TAP volunteer Member positions will be filled in the following locations: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi. Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. (35 Vacancies)
    Alternate Panel Members will be filled in the following locations: Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine,Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wyoming. (27 Vacancies)
    Applicants selected from these locations will serve a three-year membership term beginning in December 2019, or be chosen as an alternate member to be considered for membership if a vacancy occurs in their location during the three years.


    You may check the status of your application for this program at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on "more information."
    Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this program.

    CONDITIONS OF VOLUNTEER TAS-TAP PROGRAM: The selection of any candidate selected for this program may be conditional upon the following:

    • Must successfully complete a background investigation, including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
    • Undergo income tax verification.
    • Undergo Citizenship verification

    Any expenses incurred during the recruitment process are not reimbursable. This includes but is not limited to any travel or costs associated with fingerprint processing.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application includes your resume and responses to the online questions. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this program; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

    Your application will be evaluated on the competencies of the program in the following areas: Teamwork, Interpersonal Skills, Oral and Written Communications, Problem Solving, Computer Skills, Project Management, Influencing/Negotiating, and Volunteerism.
    Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this program.

    Referral: If you are among the top candidates, your application may be referred for consideration. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

    • The most qualified candidates will be interviewed by a team comprised of IRS staff and a current TAP member.
    The Department of the Treasury will review the recommended candidates and make final selections.

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    Drug test required No

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