Next Public Forum on taxpayer service needs and preferences to be held in Chicago on March 9

March 3, 2016

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson and Rep. Peter Roskam will hold a public forum to discuss what taxpayers want and need from the IRS to comply with their tax obligations.

The public forum will be held Wednesday, March 9, at 5:30 pm at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Members of the public and the media are invited to attend.

This is the second in a series of public forums that stem from the National Taxpayer Advocate’s 2015 Annual Report to Congress. In the report, the Advocate expressed concern about whether the IRS’s “Future State” plan adequately addresses taxpayer needs.

To further public awareness and dialogue, Ms. Olson announced plans to hold public forums around the country to hear from taxpayers and tax professionals regarding the “Future State” plan, including their thoughts on the extent to which taxpayers will continue to need telephone and in-person assistance. The public forums seek to ensure the “Future State” plan will better reflect the needs and preferences of U.S. taxpayers as they seek to comply with the tax code.

The March 9 public forum, the first to be held in a local community, will feature an invited panel consisting of representatives from the small business and local taxpayer communities, including:

Andrew VanSingel (Director, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic | Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.)

David Marzahl (President & CEO | Center for Economic Progress)

Vijay Raghavan (Assistant Attorney General | Consumer Fraud Bureau | Office of the Illinois Attorney General)

Mark Mirsky (CPA MST CGMA | Managing Director | ROI Business Services, LLC)

Members of the public will also have an opportunity to speak.

Local Taxpayer Advocate Service staff will also be available at the event to talk with attendees about unresolved tax issues and help determine if their situation qualifies for TAS assistance

Comments regarding the Future State of the IRS may be submitted by email. Please do not send account-related questions to this email address.