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You can sign up for healthcare insurance coverage starting November 1

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Are you ready to secure health insurance coverage for 2018? Everyone will have an opportunity to sign-up for health coverage for next year starting on November 1, running through December 15, 2017. … more

3rd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights Videos Now Available

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Didn’t make it to the 3rd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights? Catch up on what you missed and enhance your knowledge of taxpayer rights on a global scale. Videos are now available from each … more

TAS assistance offered at local Problem Solving Days

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The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will conduct Problem Solving Day events in communities throughout the country in the coming months and year. During these events, TAS employees from a local … more

IRS watchdog warns of scaled-back service in agency plans (Associated Press)

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The Associated Press covered the release of the National Taxpayer Advocate's 2015 Annual Report to Congress. 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS is planning to push you to fire up the computer rather than … more

IRS Correspondence Examinations: Are they really as effective as the IRS thinks?

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In some of my recent blog postings, I’ve raised concerns about the impact of IRS correspondence examinations on taxpayers’ rights, including the failure to provide taxpayers with the specific name … more

Lost or Stolen Refund

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You can always check the status of your refund using "Where's My Refund?" at IRS.gov or the IRS2Go mobile app. "Where's My Refund?" is updated no more than once every 24 hours, usually overnight.

If … more

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

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NTA Blog: What’s wrong with IRS user fees?

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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. … more

Installment Agreements (IAs): Adopting National Taxpayer Advocate Recommendations Could Assist the IRS to Ensure Taxpayers Enter IAs They Can Afford

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New Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Members - They make sure IRS listens (Sacramento Bee)

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The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a group of citizen volunteers that works to improve IRS taxpayer service, announced its 2015 membership, which included two individuals from Sacramento, CA. The paper … more

Success Stories: Getting a Fresh Start

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Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. All personal details are removed to protect the privacy of the taxpayer.

The taxpayer came to TAS after … more

Success Story: Stop That Lien!

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Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. All personal details are removed to protect the privacy of the taxpayer.

A self-employed government … more

Forum on taxpayer service in Parma OH

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National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16), a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, convened a public forum to discuss what taxpayers want and need from the IRS … more

NTA Blog: Caring about “Sharing” – The IRS Should Do More for Participants in the Gig Economy

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Currently Not Collectible

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There are times where you agree you owe the IRS, but you can’t pay due to your current financial situation. If the IRS agrees you can’t both pay your taxes and your reasonable living expenses, it … more

NTA Blog: Effective Use of the Offer in Compromise Program Will Save Valuable IRS Resources

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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. … more

IRS Accepting Applications for 2019 Low Income (LITC) Taxpayer Clinic grants

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The IRS has announced the application period for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grants for calendar year 2019 is now open and will run through June 27, 2018. A listing of the 2018 LITC grant … more

Installment Agreements (IAs): TAS Study Finds Taxpayers Enter IAs They Cannot Afford

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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. … more

IRS Frequently Asked Questions Can Be a Trap for the Unwary

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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. … more

IRS Allowable Living Expense Standards Do Not Provide Taxpayers With a Sustainable Standard of Living

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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. … more

NTA Blog: IRS Policy Needs to Reflect the Reality of Retirement for Today’s Taxpayers

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NTA Blog: We’re Baaaaaack!

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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. … more

Federal Payment Levy Program: The New IRS Automated Levies on Military Retirement Payments May Be Harming Veterans Experiencing Economic Hardship (Part II)

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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. … more

Correctible Error Authority Part 2: Why Correctible Error Authority Creates More Problems Than It Resolves

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

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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. … more

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics Celebrate 20 Years of Taxpayer Service

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July 22, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC). Low Income Taxpayer Clinics were enacted by Congress on July 22, 1998, as part of the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act … more

National Taxpayer Advocate Releases 2014 Annual Report to Congress

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National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson released her 2014 annual report to Congress, which expresses concern that taxpayers this year are likely to receive the worst levels of taxpayer service since at … more

2016 LITC Grant Period Now Open

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Grant applications for Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC) are being accepted from today through June 15, 2015. The program awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying … more

2015 Annual Report to Congress

Research Study: Understanding the Hispanic Underserved Population

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Hispanics are a growing population within the United States. In 1960, Hispanics comprised only 3.5% of the U.S. population — 6.3 million individuals. In 2013, Hispanics made up 17.1% of the U.S. … more

Report warns IRS's online plans could hurt taxpayers (USA Today)

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USA Today reported on the release of the 2015 Annual Report to Congress, saying:

NEW YORK-- The Internal Revenue Service is quietly moving toward a high-tech future that could end up hurting … more

IRS Announces Webinar on the 2019 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Grant Application Process

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The IRS announced today that the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Program Office will host two webinars on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, and Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The webinars are to provide potential … more

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

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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 … more

Reports To Congress

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The National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) submits two reports to Congress each year: an Annual Report, delivered in January, and an Objectives Report, delivered in June. Explore the full archives of the reports from 2000 to the present. more

Federal Payment Levy Program: The New IRS Automated Levies on Military Retirement Payments May Be Harming Veterans Experiencing Economic Hardship

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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. … more

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

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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. … more

Private Debt Collection: Hardship (Part 2 of 3)

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Appeals Should Facilitate Mutual Respect and Trust by Allowing Taxpayers a Choice in the Expanded Participation of Counsel and Compliance in Appeals Conferences

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NTA Blog: Telephone Service in an Omnichannel Environment (Part 2 of 2)

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Telephone Service in an Omnichannel Environment - The IRS Must Ensure Taxpayers Are Getting the Assistance They Need Over the Telephone (Part 2 of 2)

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NTA Blog: Taxpayer Advocate Service Survey Confirms Need to Maintain and Enhance a Robust Omni-Channel Taxpayer Service Strategy

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NTA Blog: The Flood That Didn’t Materialize When the IRS Removed the Two-Year Period for Requesting Equitable Innocent Spouse Relief and Granted Relief More Frequently

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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

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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

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IRS Collection Performance

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With the onset of 2015, I made a New Year’s resolution to restart my blog and provide periodic insights and observations on U.S. tax administration. The New Year also coincides with the issuance of … more

Congressman Helps Veteran Dead to the IRS Come "Back to Life" (Fox 28- Columbus, OH)

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Ohio Congressman Steve Stivers worked with the Taxpayer Advocate Service to correct the records of a 94-year-old veteran, who the IRS had listed as dead.

COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan) - A veteran … more

NTA Blog: Appeals Should Accept Good-Faith Requests to Review Section 6702 Penalty Abatement Cases

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Appeals Is Needlessly Turning Away Even Good-Faith Taxpayers Who Seek Administrative Review of Rejected IRC § 6702 Penalty Abatement Requests

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NTA Blog: Thanksgiving wishes from the National Taxpayer Advocate

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NTA Blog: One Year Later, The IRS Has Not Adjusted Its Private Debt Collection Initiative To Minimize Harm To Vulnerable Taxpayers

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NTA Blog: Measuring the Taxpayer Experience – The IRS’s Level of Service Measure Fails to Adequately Show the Experience of Taxpayers Seeking Assistance Over the Phone (Part 1 of 2)

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NTA Blog: Overall the Filing Season at Taxpayer Assistance Centers Ran Smoothly, But Room for Improvement Remains

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NTA Blog: A Digital “Mailbox Rule” Is Required As the IRS Steers Taxpayers Toward Self-Help Digital Tools

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