The Internal Revenue Code requires the National Taxpayer Advocate to submit two annual reports to the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance. The National Taxpayer Advocate is required to submit these reports directly to the Committees without any prior review or comment from the Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the Secretary of the Treasury, or the Office of Management and Budget. The first report, due by June 30 of each year, must identify the objectives of the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate for the fiscal year beginning in that calendar year.
“I am enormously proud of and grateful for the heroic efforts of the Taxpayer Advocate Service employees who, day in and day out, work to help taxpayers who are frustrated, frightened, and at wit’s end. It is no easy task to find solutions to problems the Taxpayer Advocate Service is statutorily charged with addressing, but our employees have done so with determination, empathy, and creativity.”
— Nina E. Olson National Taxpayer Advocate
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 37th and final report to Congress in advance of her previously announced retirement on July 31. In the introduction, Ms. Olson reflects on her 18 years in the job and provides her assessment of the key challenges facing the IRS and the Taxpayer Advocate Service in the coming years. The report identifies and discusses 12 priority issues TAS plans to focus on during the upcoming fiscal year in addition to a review of the 2019 filling season.