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NTA Blog: TAS Research Shows that Education Improves EITC Compliance

Thu, Sep 20, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. Recently, the IRS provided its response to my Most Serious Problem addressing EITC issues in the 2017 Annual Report to Congress. I want to reiterate my recommendatio...

Get information on TAS office closures related to Hurricane Florence

Mon, Sep 17, 2018

The Taxpayer Advocate Service temporarily closed some offices due to Hurricane Florence. The following offices in South Carolina and North Carolina will resume regular business operation hours on Tuesday, Sept. 18:  Charlotte, North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina Columbia, South Carolina For a listing of all TAS offices, visit our Contact Us page....

NTA Blog: The IRS Might Recover EITC Using Its Newly Discovered Post-Processing Math Error Authority, but Is It Constitutional?

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. My June Report to Congress included an Area of Focus entitled: “The IRS Has Expanded Its Math Error Authority, Reducing Due Process for Vulnerable Taxpayers, W...

Help us spread the news about our new Tax Reform Changes website

Tue, Sep 11, 2018

Is your business or association involved in helping others understand federal income taxes and the ramifications of changes to those laws each year? If yes, we invite you to visit our new site and then help us spread the word about the Taxpayer Advocate Service's Tax Reform Changes website. After your visit, we think you’ll see the value it might have for those in the tax community and ev...

NTA Blog: As a Result of TAS Advocacy, the IRS is Working to Address a Computer Glitch That Allowed Collection Activity on Accounts with Expired Collection Statute Expiration Dates but Many Issues Remain Unresolved

Fri, Sep 07, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. About two years ago, TAS received cases where either the taxpayer or the Power of Attorney (POA) correctly questioned the validity of a collection statute expiration...

New tax law brings changes to tax withholding for 2018; here’s what you need to know

Fri, Aug 31, 2018

Major tax reform was approved by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (tax reform) on Dec. 22, 2017. One change directly affected the rate at which taxes are withheld from paychecks. Our federal income tax is a pay-as-you-go tax system and there are two ways to pay as you go, either through withholding or estimated tax payments. Note: For more information on what other items changed or didn&rs...

NTA Blog: The Systemic First Time Abatement Policy Currently Under Consideration by the IRS Would Override Reasonable Cause Relief and Jeopardize Fundamental Taxpayer Rights

Wed, Aug 29, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. The IRS offers a First Time Abatement (FTA) program that is intended to be, and often is, taxpayer-favorable. Nevertheless, as currently implemented, the FTA sometim...

NTA Blog: TAS Cases Demonstrate the Harm Caused by IRS Policies on Passport Certification

Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. My last blog on passport issues discussed the IRS’s continued refusal to exclude already open TAS cases from passport certification and my efforts to advocate ...

NTA Blog: IRS Administration of the Section 965 Transition Tax Contravenes Congressional Intent and Imposes Unintended Burden on Taxpayers

Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. When Congress passes legislation as comprehensive and technical as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), drafting and implementation glitches inevitably arise. This week...

NTA Blog: IRS Continues to Close Taxpayer Assistance Centers, Despite Taxpayer Advocate Service and Congressional Concerns

Thu, Aug 09, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. For many years I have reported on the state of service at IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs), formerly known colloquially as walk-in sites. In my previous blog, ...