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Disaster Relief for Taxpayers Affected by California Wildfires

Taxpayers affected by the wildfires in California that began October 8, 2017 may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service. The Preside. . . read more Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:44:06 GMT

NTA Blog: Affordable Care Act Estimators - The Taxpayer Advocate Service Provides Self-Help Tools to Assist Taxpayers With Complex Affordable Care Act Requirements

With the open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning November 1st, it is the appropriate time to remind taxpayers and prepar. . . read more Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:00:00 GMT

NTA Blog: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)- TAS Study Finds Informing Taxpayers Can Help Avert Future Noncompliance

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): TAS Study Finds that Sending an Informative, Tailored Letter to Taxpayers Who Appear to Have Erroneously Claimed EITC. . . read more Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:55:00 GMT

NTA Blog: IRS policy weakens requirements for penalties

IRS Administrative Policy and Recent Litigation Weaken Supervisory Approval Requirement for Penalties In the past, I’ve written extensively abou. . . read more Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:57:01 GMT

Assistance available for taxpayers impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

The Taxpayer Advocate Service Puerto Rico office reopened Thursday, Oct. 12. However, the office is not open for regular TAS operations at this time.. . . read more Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:00:00 GMT

NTA Blog: Tax Reform

Tax Reform: Hope Springs Eternal This Fall The next few weeks and months are shaping up to be an exciting time for advocates of tax reform. . . . read more Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:44:00 GMT

Installment Agreements (IAs): Adopting National Taxpayer Advocate Recommendations Could Assist the IRS to Ensure Taxpayers Enter IAs They Can Afford

Previously, I discussed my concerns about installment agreements (IAs) and the study TAS Research conducted on IAs. Today I will discuss the. . . read more Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:15:00 GMT

TAS office closures affected by Hurricane Irma

Some Taxpayer Advocate Service offices were temporarily closed due to the effects of Hurricane Irma. As of Monday, September 18, 2017, all TAS offices. . . read more Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:25:00 GMT

Installment Agreements (IAs): TAS Study Finds Taxpayers Enter IAs They Cannot Afford

In this and next week’s blog, I will discuss my recent Most Serious Problem on Installment Agreements (IAs) and the corresponding Research Study. . . read more Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:10:00 GMT

The IRS’s Position in Mescalero Apache Tribe v. Commissioner Raises Concerns About the IRS’s Commitment to Taxpayer Rights

About this time every year, my wonderful staff of attorney-advisors presents me with early drafts of the discussion of the ten most litigated issues i. . . read more Thu, 07 Sep 2017 20:08:00 GMT

Success Story: TAS helps taxpayer meet closing deadline

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, 07 Sep 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Federal Payment Levy Program: The New IRS Automated Levies on Military Retirement Payments May Be Harming Veterans Experiencing Economic Hardship (Part II)

In last week’s blog, I described the Federal Payment Levy Program (FPLP) and outlined my general concerns about the IRS’s implementation o. . . read more Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:30:00 GMT

Federal Payment Levy Program: The New IRS Automated Levies on Military Retirement Payments May Be Harming Veterans Experiencing Economic Hardship

Over the years, I and my staff have written and advocated extensively about our concerns with the IRS’s implementation of the Federal Payment Le. . . read more Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:23:00 GMT

Private Debt Collection Program - What You Need to Know

  The Internal Revenue Service recently implemented a new private debt collection program and will assign certain overdue federal tax debts to. . . read more Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:30:00 GMT

Correctible Error Authority Part 2: Why Correctible Error Authority Creates More Problems Than It Resolves

In my last blog, I discussed my concerns about the IRS’s current use of math and clerical error authority under IRC §§ 6213 (b) and (g. . . read more Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Why Correctible Error Authority Raises Significant Taxpayer Rights Concerns – Part 1

People occasionally ask me which areas of tax administration worry me the most. There is certainly no shortage of candidates, but if I had to nar. . . read more Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:31:00 GMT

NTA Nina Olson Testified on IRS FY 2018 Budget Request

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson testified before the Subcommittee on Financial Services on IRS FY 2018 Budget Request. Read her complete testimo. . . read more Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:53:00 GMT

IRS Allowable Living Expense Standards Do Not Provide Taxpayers With a Sustainable Standard of Living

At TAS, we help taxpayers from all walks of life. When it comes to taxpayers with tax debt, some taxpayers have the resources to pay their debt.&. . . read more Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:23:00 GMT

IRS Frequently Asked Questions Can Be a Trap for the Unwary

At a recent hearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight of the Committee on Ways and Means, I was asked a seemingly simple question about what types. . . read more Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:42:00 GMT

TAS assistance offered at local Problem Solving Days

    The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will conduct Problem Solving Day events in communities throughout the country in the coming months. . . read more Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:08:00 GMT