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National Taxpayer Advocate releases Fiscal Year 2020 Objectives Report

Thu, Jun 20, 2019

The National Taxpayer Advocate released her Fiscal Year 2020 Objectives Report to Congress today. In the report, she addresses key IRS challenges, reviews the 2019 filing season, and identifies TAS’s priority issues for fiscal year (FY) 2020.  Key IRS Challenges Taxpayer Service: The report says poor taxpayer service remains the biggest challenge taxpayers face in dealing with the I...

NTA Blog: Why We Should Repeal the Flora Rule or Find Another Way to Give Taxpayers Who Cannot Pay the Same Access to Judicial Review as Those Who Can (Part 3 of 3)

Wed, Jun 12, 2019

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog Two weeks ago, I discussed how the Flora rule blocks access to judicial review by low income taxpayers and those subject to “assessable penalties.” Last w...

TAS Tax Tip: I got an IRS notice; now what do I do?

Fri, Jun 07, 2019

The IRS will send a notice or a letter for any number of reasons. It may be about a specific issue on your federal tax return or account, explain changes to your account, ask for more information, or request a payment. You can handle most of this correspondence without calling or visiting an IRS office if you follow the instructions in the notice. However, sometimes these communications can be ...

The Tax Lawyer journal features article by TAS Attorney Advisor

Thu, Jun 06, 2019

An article written by a Taxpayer Advocate Service Attorney Advisor is featured in the Spring 2019 issue of The Tax Lawyer, a tax law journal published quarterly by the American Bar Association. What’s Wrong with Strict Liability and Nonmonetary Penalties? The Case for Reasonable Fault-Based Civil Tax Penalties and Procedural Protections was authored by Eric LoPresti, a Senior Attorney Adv...

NTA Blog: Why We Should Repeal the Flora Rule or Find Another Way to Give Taxpayers Who Cannot Pay the Same Access to Judicial Review as Those Who Can (Part 2 of 3)

Wed, Jun 05, 2019

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog In last week’s blog, I discussed how the Flora rule harms low income taxpayers who were not part of the tax system when it was established and sometimes elimina...

National Taxpayer Advocate Congressional Testimony

Tue, Jun 04, 2019

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TAS wants to hear from Practitioners at the 2019 Tax Forums – Join our Focus Groups

Tue, Jun 04, 2019

Each year, the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country. Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) holds focus groups at the forums because it is interested in tax practitioners’ thoughts, experiences, and ideas about tax administration. This year TAS wants to talk about IRS notices...

NTA Blog: Why We Should Repeal the Flora Rule or Find Another Way to Give Taxpayers Who Cannot Pay the Same Access to Judicial Review as Those Who Can (Part 1 of 3)

Wed, May 29, 2019

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog Taxpayers have the right to appeal a decision of the IRS in an independent forum. Consistent with this right, in the 2018 Annual Report to Congress (ARC) I recommende...

NTA Blog: The IRS is Not Doing Enough to Protect Taxpayers Facing Economic Hardship

Fri, May 24, 2019

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog The Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TBOR) grants taxpayers the rights to privacy and to a fair and just tax system. The Internal Revenue Service’s official explanation...

NTA Blog: IRS Examinations Continued - The IRS Should Promote Voluntary Compliance and Minimize Taxpayer Burden in the Selection and Conduct of Audits

Wed, May 15, 2019

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog In my recently released Annual Report to Congress, I discussed the need to evaluate the impact of IRS audits on voluntary compliance. Last week’s blog discussed...

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