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

I have written a lot about my concerns regarding Appeals’ independence over the years. Most recently, in my 2016 Annual Report to Congress, I di. . . read more Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:59:00 GMT

Success Story: TAS helps taxpayer receive timely refund claim

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 r. . . read more Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:45:00 GMT

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

In my first blog on passport issues, I discussed the importance of providing notice to taxpayers prior to certifying their seriously delinquent tax de. . . read more Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:37:00 GMT

NTA Nina Olson discusses TBOR with Private Debt Collectors

The National Taxpayer Advocate reviewed the Taxpayer Bill of Rights with the four private collection agencies selected for the Private Debt Collection. . . read more Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:17:00 GMT

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

In 2015, I wrote a blog post analyzing IRS collection performance, looking at the effects of different drivers of collection such as notices, installm. . . read more Wed, 07 Jun 2017 15:05:00 GMT

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

    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 . . . read more Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:17:00 GMT

Sharing Economy Tax Information

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 throu. . . read more Fri, 19 May 2017 18:46:00 GMT

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson testifies on IRS Reform before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson testified before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight today at a hearing entitled, “IRS R. . . read more Fri, 19 May 2017 15:03:00 GMT

National Taxpayer Advocate Public Forum Transcripts

"[You] ask people, okay, if you had the choice between trying to find the answer to a government question online, yourself, or just picking up the. . . read more Thu, 18 May 2017 17:34:00 GMT

Success Story: TAS assists victims of VITA Site Preparer Fraud

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 r. . . read more Thu, 18 May 2017 17:31:00 GMT

NTA Nina Olson receives 2017 American Bar Association Section of Taxation Distinguished Service Award

On May 13, 2017, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson was honored by the American Bar Association Section of Taxation with the 2017 Distinguished Ser. . . read more Mon, 15 May 2017 21:05:00 GMT

2nd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights Videos Now Available

It’s not too late to enhance your knowledge of taxpayer rights on a global scale. Experience conversations held during panel discussions among l. . . read more Wed, 03 May 2017 18:24:00 GMT

Success Story: TAS Effectively Advocates for Taxpayers Claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

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 r. . . read more Mon, 01 May 2017 21:07:00 GMT

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson sits down with C-SPAN’s “Your Money” series to discuss the 2017 Tax Season

As tax day approaches, many taxpayers experience challenges in preparing and filing their tax returns. As part of a broadcast by C-SPAN Washington Jou. . . read more Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:01:00 GMT

2017 Tax Forums will feature TAS seminars and the Case Resolution Program

Each year the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities a. . . read more Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:24:00 GMT

2nd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights takes place in Vienna, Austria

  National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson convened the 2nd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights in Vienna, Austria on March 13 and 14. H. . . read more Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:04:00 GMT

National Taxpayer Advocate offers up solutions to four common tax issues

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson recently sat down with Yahoo! in their New York office to discuss some of the most common issues taxpayers fa. . . read more Wed, 08 Mar 2017 22:25:00 GMT

Tax Scams: Don’t be fooled

Don’t be fooled by scammers pretending to be the IRS. Scammers target taxpayers and tax professionals each year in growing numbers. Oftentimes. . . read more Mon, 06 Mar 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Important News: Some 2016 refunds won’t be released until after February 15

One of the biggest changes for taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) on federal tax returns. . . read more Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:32:00 GMT

Learn about claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit, and help spread the word!

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) puts money in the hands of hard-working taxpayers and can be a significant financial boost for individuals, their. . . read more Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:30:00 GMT