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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

Private Debt Collection: Recent Debts (Part 3 of 3)

In an earlier blog I discussed my concern about how the IRS’s private debt collection (PDC) program affects taxpayers who are likely experiencin. . . read more Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:37:00 GMT

Success Story: TAS Advocates for Return of Levied Proceeds

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, 14 Jul 2017 17:00:00 GMT

Private Debt Collection: Hardship (Part 2 of 3)

I have always had concerns about outsourcing tax debts to private collection agencies (PCAs). First, I believe tax collection is an “inhere. . . read more Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:23:00 GMT

Success story: Victim of Preparer Fraud Receives Refund

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, 07 Jul 2017 21:00:00 GMT

Private Debt Collection Program

Since 2004, when Internal Revenue Code (IRC) § 6306 was enacted as part of the American Jobs Creation Act, the IRS has had the statutory authorit. . . read more Wed, 05 Jul 2017 17:43:00 GMT

Success story: NBC12 helps taxpayer get TAS assistance

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, 30 Jun 2017 18:50:00 GMT

TAS Focus Groups on Installment Agreements and TAS Services at 2017 Tax Forums

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 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:57:00 GMT

NTA releases FY2018 Objectives Report

Today the National Taxpayer Advocate released her Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Objectives Report to Congress, identifying the priority issues she and TAS wil. . . read more Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:37:00 GMT

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

Today’s blog is short and sweet because . . . well, because today we are releasing the 295-page National Taxpayer Advocate’s Fiscal Year 2. . . read more Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:48:00 GMT

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

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, 26 Jun 2017 18:50:00 GMT

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