Taxpayer Advocacy Panel [TAP] Law and Legal Definition

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) is a Federal Advisory Committee made up of volunteers representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. TAP was established in 2002 under the authority of the U. S. Department of the Treasury. TAP helps taxpayers improve IRS customer service and responsiveness to taxpayer needs. The mission of TAP is to improve the IRS. At present TAP is comprised of around 100 members from across the U.S. The members shall serve their office for a period of three-years. These volunteers generally spend between 300 and 500 hours per year on member activities that further TAP’s mission to improve the IRS. TAP members are divided into seven geographically-based Areas.