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27 April 2018
On April 17, 2018, the Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson, testified before a Congressional Oversight Committee regarding on-going challenges to the administration of an efficient and effective tax system. Ms. Olson runs the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an independent office within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Taxpayer Advocate is appointed by and reports directly to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. The office was created under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which became law on July 30, 1996. The office replaced the IRS Office of the Ombudsman.
In her testimony, Ms. Olson reviewed the substantial issues facing the IRS. The main issues she commented on include:
Ms. Olson's testimony echoes many tax professionals' concerns that our tax system is not being implemented in the most effective and efficient manner. Although TAS's perspective focuses on the "customer service" experience, the frustrations identified are systematic. With the advent of tax reform and the government's struggle to implement its sweeping changes, we are hopeful that many of these issues will be addressed and perhaps rectified. After all, hope springs eternal!
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