Your Tax Reform Suggestions Matter: Here’s How

January 12, 2015

When people think about the U.S. tax system, it’s often with a sense of frustration. Discussions on how to make filing returns and working with the IRS simpler often focus on how complex the system is, and how it’s sometimes nearly impossible to navigate.

This complexity is the result of many factors. Understanding them will help taxpayers and policy makers have constructive conversations and drive meaningful reforms.

Do you have suggestions about how to improve or simplify the system? Nina E. Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) encourages you to submit your tax reform suggestions, so she and the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) can use them to support tax reform before Congress and the IRS.

When you submit a suggestion, consider all possibilities. For example, what would you be willing to give up if you knew that others were also sacrificing something, and the result would be a simpler tax system? What particular aspects of the existing tax system are especially challenging or seem unfair to you? The NTA and TAS want feedback from taxpayers and tax professionals nationwide.

What happens to your suggestions? TAS reads all tax reform suggestions and use them to inform their work. One of TAS’s goals is to address issues affecting multiple taxpayers. The NTA meets regularly with members of Congress and testifies at hearings on problems faced by taxpayers to give lawmakers the taxpayer’s perspective.  

Each January, the NTA delivers an Annual Report to Congress that highlights at least 20 of the most serious problems facing taxpayers, along with recommendations on changes to current federal tax laws or recommendations for new laws. She first began soliciting tax reform suggestions in her 2010 Annual Report to Congress. She continues to view the complexity of the tax code as among the most serious problems facing taxpayers, and write about that and other issues in her Annual Report to Congress.

By sharing your thoughts and ideas, you can help change the system.

Submit your tax reform suggestions