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NTA releases FY2018 Objectives Report

Wed, Jun 28, 2017

Today the National Taxpayer Advocate released her Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Objectives Report to Congress, identifying the priority issues she and TAS will address during FY 2018. In her preface to the report, the National Taxpayer Advocate praised the IRS for a generally successful filing season, but indicated that taxpayers who require assistance from the IRS are continuing to face significant ch...

A Few Thoughts About The National Taxpayer Advocate’s Fiscal Year 2018 Objectives Report

Wed, Jun 28, 2017

Today’s blog is short and sweet because . . . well, because today we are releasing the 295-page National Taxpayer Advocate’s Fiscal Year 2018 Objectives Report to Congress, and that’s enough reading for anyone! By way of background, in IRC § 7803(c)(B), Congress required the National Taxpayer Advocate to submit two reports to the Committee on Ways and Mean...

Success Story: TAS helps locate missing passports filed with Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) request

Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Every year the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer issues. All personal details are removed to protect the privacy of the taxpayer. A taxpayer  who was experiencing a family emergency and needed to travel out of the country with his children contacted TAS for assistance. H...

Appeals Should Facilitate Mutual Respect and Trust by Allowing Taxpayers a Choice in the Expanded Participation of Counsel and Compliance in Appeals Conferences

Wed, Jun 21, 2017

I have written a lot about my concerns regarding Appeals’ independence over the years. Most recently, in my 2016 Annual Report to Congress, I discussed Appeals’ reluctance to collaborate with taxpayers to design a “Future State” that takes taxpayers’ and tax practitioners’ concerns into account. Now, there is another development in the...

Success Story: TAS helps taxpayer receive timely refund claim

Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Every year the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. This story is only one of many examples of how TAS helps resolve taxpayer issues. All personal details are removed to protect the privacy of the taxpayer. A taxpayer came to Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) in April 2016 for help getting a refund from his 2012 tax return that was filed late. Although the ...

The IRS’s New Passport Program: How Lack of Notice Harms Taxpayers (Part 2 of 2)

Wed, Jun 14, 2017

In my first blog on passport issues, I discussed the importance of providing notice to taxpayers prior to certifying their seriously delinquent tax debts to the Department of State (DOS). Once the IRS makes the certification, the DOS must deny the person’s passport application and it may revoke their passport, except in certain emergency and humanitarian situations. Under the IRS&...

NTA Nina Olson discusses TBOR with Private Debt Collectors

Mon, Jun 12, 2017

The National Taxpayer Advocate reviewed the Taxpayer Bill of Rights with the four private collection agencies selected for the Private Debt Collection program under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). The National taxpayer Advocate recorded a training video for all employees of the four Private Debt Collection agencies on protecting taxpayer rights under the Ta...

The IRS’s New Passport Program: Why Notice to Taxpayers Matters (Part 1 of 2)

Wed, Jun 07, 2017

In 2015, I wrote a blog post analyzing IRS collection performance, looking at the effects of different drivers of collection such as notices, installment agreements, liens, levies, and refund offsets. Today, I’d like to pick this topic back up, but focus on a collection issue associated with new legislation. In late 2015, Congress passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transpor...

Taxpayers are invited to provide comments on the new IRS.gov Test Homepage – Let Your Voice Be Heard

Tue, Jun 06, 2017

    The IRS is a few months away from launching new look and feel to the IRS’s website (IRS.gov) and you have an opportunity to review the new Homepage about its look, content, and how easily you can find content to answer your tax questions. You can do this through June 30, 2017 by accessing IRS.gov, navigating to Hot Topics and selecting Help us improve o...

Sharing Economy Tax Information

Fri, May 19, 2017

Many taxpayers work or engage in services that are considered to be a part of the gig or shared economy services. These services often originate through peer-to-peer interactions such as ride-share programs, room rentals, and other freelance work. Following the May 2016 hearing, Taxpayer Advocate Service worked with the IRS to create the information contained on the pages listed below to help y...