Success Story: Taxpayer Advocate Service's Advocacy Helps Taxpayer Keep Housing Subsidy

August 15, 2019

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.

TAS received a congressional inquiry where a taxpayer, living in a rural area, was unable to secure a tax account transcript. Without the proof of income from the transcript, the taxpayer would lose her housing subsidy and have nowhere to live within a few days. The IRS rejected her electronically filed return, so she had to mail in a paper return, which would take several more weeks to process. The TAS advocate quickly provided the taxpayer with a 2015 tax account transcript that proved her income. The agency accepted the 2015 transcript until her 2016 return was processed. TAS continued to work the issue for the taxpayer by making sure the 2016 return was processed timely to avoid further issues with the housing agency.

When working with the Taxpayer Advocate Service, each individual or business taxpayer is assigned to an advocate who listens to the problem and helps the taxpayer understand what needs to be done to resolve their tax issue. TAS advocates will do everything they can to help taxpayers and work with them every step of the way. Occasionally TAS features stories of taxpayers and advocates who work together to resolve complex tax issues. Read more TAS success stories.

Learn more about whether TAS can help you: TAS eligibility.