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Service helps people deal with the IRS

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( – A service run by the IRS is making efforts to help those who have run into roadblocks trying to work out their issues with the agency.

The Tax Advocate Service (TAS) works with people who have trouble dealing the IRS process of sorting out tax issues.

“Within every state there is a local taxpayer advocate by law. We help taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS that they have not been able to resolve on their own,” said Peggy Guinn, the head of the TAS in St. Louis. “We are the voice of the taxpayer but we are like the safety net.”

The IRS also operates the Taxpayer Advisory Panel (TAP) which is made up of average citizens who make recommendations on how to improve the way the IRS operates. The panel is searching for someone from the St. Louis area to speak to Congress about their concerns with the tax system in the US. The position is voluntary, and members commit to 200-399 hours of service over the course of three years.

“Our Missouri member is retiring at the end of the year so we will need a new applicant at the end of this year. Our year begins in December,” said Sheila Andrews, the National Director of TAP.

To apply for TAP, click here. For more on TAS, click here. To apply for help from TAS, click here.

For free tax return prep help, click here.

Click here for more information on the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic

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