Dr. William Vetter Selected to Serve on Nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

March 13, 2014
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A statement from the Internal Revenue Service is not always good news.  Associate Professor William Vetter, who teaches Federal Income Tax and Business Law, among other courses in the business school at PVAMU, is taking his notification from the IRS in stride.  The Department of Treasury has approved the IRS’ recommendation that Dr. Vetter be among 27 new members to serve on a nationwide Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, also known as TAP.  TAP, a federal advisory committee, is tasked with “providing taxpayer suggestions to improve IRS customer service.”

New members of TAP were selected from a nationwide pool of more than 400 applicants and will join 46 returning members to serve out a three-year term.  Vetter, the only new member who hails from Texas, along with other new members will join the returning 46 members of the committee who will devote 200 to 300 hours per year to panel activities including advising the IRS on taxpayer needs.

Dr. Vetter is an ideal choice to serve in this new role.  William Vetter, J.D., LL.M. has been assisting taxpayers through the PVAMU Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) for nearly 10 years.  Students, faculty and staff at Prairie View A&M University as well as residents of Waller County and parts of the greater Houston area have recovered millions of dollars in refunds through the VITA program under his leadership.  Trained volunteers at the VITA sites assist low-income individuals and families by preparing taxes, explaining new guidelines and regulations and helping clients e-file their returns.  For information on the appointment and TAP, please visit the IRS website.