The National Taxpayer Advocate releases Volume 2 of FY2017 Objectives Report to Congress, announces papers available from taxpayer rights conference

August 24, 2016

Today the National Taxpayer Advocate released Volume 2 of the Fiscal Year 2017 Objectives Report to Congress and announced that presenter papers submitted from the November 2015 inaugural conference on international taxpayer rights have now been posted to the TAS website.
 
Objectives Report to Congress Volume 2
The National Taxpayer Advocate is required by statute to submit a year-end report to Congress that, among other things, describes at least 20 of the most serious problems facing taxpayers and makes administrative recommendations to mitigate those problems. Overall, the Advocate made 116 administrative recommendations in the “most serious problems” section of her 2015 year-end report, and the IRS has implemented or agreed to implement 65 of the Advocate’s recommendations, or 56 percent.
 
The volume released today contains IRS general responses to each of the problems the Advocate identified as well as specific responses to each recommendation. In addition, it contains TAS’s analysis of the IRS’s responses and, in some cases, details TAS’s disagreement with the IRS’s position.

“People who work in the field of tax administration and taxpayers generally can benefit greatly from reading the agency responses to our report,” Ms. Olson said.  “Tax administration is a complex field with many trade-offs required.  Reading both my office’s critique and the IRS’s responses in combination will provide readers with a broader perspective on key issues, the IRS’s rationale for its policies and procedures, and alternative options we recommend.”


Read the full report at:
http://www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/2017ObjectivesReport.
 
International Conference on Taxpayer Rights
In November 2015, the National Taxpayer Advocate convened and hosted a first-of-its-kind International Conference on Taxpayer Rights.  The conference brought together presentations from government officials, scholars, and practitioners from around the world to explore how taxpayer rights serve as a foundation for effective tax administration.  As of today, the papers presented at the conference are posted on the TAS website at https://taxpayerrightsconference.com/conference-papers.
 
More than 160 people from 22 countries participated as panelists or attended the conference. Conference co-sponsors were the American Bar Association Tax Section, the American College of Tax Counsel, the American Tax Policy Institute, the International Association of Tax Judges, and the International Fiscal Association – USA Branch. Tax Analysts served as the publishing sponsor of the conference.

“The inaugural conference allowed taxpayer rights advocates from around the world to exchange ideas and discuss various approaches,” Ms. Olson said.

The 2nd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights will be held in Vienna, Austria on March 13-14, 2017.