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NTA Blog: Veterans Face Challenges in Claiming Refunds for Taxes Improperly Withheld from Disability Severance Pay

Fri, Nov 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. With having celebrated Veteran’s Day this week, it is worth reflecting on the continuing challenges military taxpayers face. Background In December 2016, lawma...

Success Story: Taxpayer Advocate Service’s persistence reduces tax debt

Thu, Nov 08, 2018

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 resolve taxpayer’s tax issues. All personal details are removed to protect the taxpayer’s privacy. Sometimes taxpayers contact TAS for help with one issue and, in resolving that issue, multiple issues arise – some of them quite c...

NTA Blog: When Evaluating its Pilot Program on the Participation of Counsel and Compliance in Conferences, Appeals Should be Transparent and Should Consider Both Objective and Subjective Data

Wed, Nov 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. Over the years, I have expressed significant concern with the continuing erosion of taxpayers’ right to appeal an IRS decision in an independent forum. (IRC &s...

The 2018 Nationwide Tax Forums a Success for TAS

Fri, Nov 02, 2018

Each year, the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country. The 2018 Tax Forums featured the latest information from the IRS, news about tax law changes, a chance to meet with software vendors, and the opportunity to attend seminars presented by IRS and TAS employees in addition to memb...

NTA Blog: Now is the Perfect Time for the IRS to Make Improvements to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Program

Wed, Oct 31, 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 years, I’ve been writing about the problems with how the IRS runs the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) program.  ITINs are required fo...

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson honored in Accounting Today’s top 100 list

Wed, Oct 31, 2018

Accounting Today magazine honored National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson by selecting her for its annual list of Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. According to the magazine, the honor is “a clear-eyed assessment by our editors of the individuals who are having the biggest impact on the current state and the future direction of the profession.” As part of its selection...

NTA Special Blog: Taxpayer Advocate Service Launches Tax Reform Website in Spanish

Fri, Oct 26, 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. I’m proud to announce the launch of Cambios en la Reforma de Impuestos, the Spanish-language version of the Taxpayer Advocate Service’s recently launched...

NTA Blog: Form 1023-EZ Now Elicits Additional Information, But It’s Not Clear That IRS Reviewers Are Considering It

Wed, Oct 24, 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. Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, introduced in the summer of 2014, has been i...

NTA Blog: Announcing the 4th International Taxpayer Rights Conference and Requesting Presentation and Paper Proposals

Wed, Oct 17, 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. I’m pleased to announce the 4th International Taxpayer Rights Conference to be held May 23 and 24, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. Convened by the Nati...

NTA Blog: The IRS Refuses to Provide Mandatory Employee Training on Taxpayer Rights

Wed, Oct 10, 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 urged the IRS to adopt a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TBOR) and for Congress to add the list of fundamental taxpayer rights to the Internal Revenue Cod...

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