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Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson’s Starts Blog
Welcome to the National Taxpayer Advocate’s blog about taxpayer rights and taxpayer burden. For starters, let me explain that I use the term “taxpayer rights” here to mean not only statutory rights but also the unstated “agreement” underlying our system of voluntary tax compliance. That is, the government expects and requires taxpayers to pay the correct amount of tax due under the laws, and in return commits to treating taxpayers fairly, with dignity and respect, and providing them with the necessary assistance and guidance to comply with the tax law. In short, taxpayer rights incorporate the government’s obligation to minimize taxpayer burden.
Why a blog about taxpayer rights, and why now? As I said in my preface to the 2011 Annual Report to Congress, the IRS has experienced a huge increase in its workload while its resources have declined over the last two years. This trend increases the risk that the IRS will take shortcuts that, perhaps unintentionally, deprive taxpayers of their ability to dispute effectively an IRS action or achieve a reasonable resolution to their tax problems.
The imbalance between work and resources drives the IRS to use automation to increase the productivity of its employees. While on the surface this observation may seem like a good thing, further analysis yields a number of areas of concern.
- Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson Concerned that Burdens of New 1099 Reporting Requirements will Exceed Benefits
- Whatever Nina Wants, Nina Gets
- National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, Delivers Report, Congress Pandiculates
- Taxpayer Advocate Scolds Unenrolled Preparers, Favors Regulation
- Taxpayer Advocate’s Recommendation: Go Easier on Taxpayers Experiencing Economic Hardship