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Government Shutdown

Mon, Jan 22, 2018

As of January 23, 2018, all Taxpayer Advocate Service offices have resumed normal operations. Please be aware that due to the lack of an approved federal budget, all Taxpayer Advocate Service offices across the country are closed. No staff will be available to assist you during this time.  Please check your local media for news about when our offices will reopen. We apologize for the inc...

NTA Blog: The National Taxpayer Advocate “Purple Book”: A Summary Presentation of Our Top 50 Legislative Recommendations

Wed, Jan 17, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. Last week, we issued the National Taxpayer Advocate’s annual report to Congress. As some of you probably noticed, we also issued the first-ever edition of the ...

The 3rd International Conference on Taxpayer Rights convenes in The Netherlands, May 3-4, 2018

Tue, Jan 16, 2018

The third International Conference on Taxpayer Rights will be held in The Netherlands, on May 3-4, 2018. The conference will be hosted by the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) and sponsored by Tax Analysts. The conference is convened by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization with...

National Taxpayer Advocate Releases Annual Report to Congress and Inaugural “Purple Book”

Wed, Jan 10, 2018

National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson, has released her 2017 Annual Report to Congress, describing challenges the IRS will face as it implements the recently enacted tax reform legislation and unveiling a new publication, “The Purple Book,” that presents 50 legislative recommendations intended to strengthen taxpayer rights and improve tax administration. As the IRS moves into th...

NTA Blog: National Taxpayer Advocate Releases Annual Report to Congress, Discusses Tax Reform Implementation and Unveils “Purple Book”

Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. Today, the National Taxpayer Advocate’s 2017 Annual Report to Congress is public!  The report is a year-round endeavor of my office, and this year it cloc...

Important News: Some 2017 refunds won’t be released until after Mid-February

Mon, Jan 08, 2018

En Español Taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) on federal tax returns this year need to remember that that, by law, the IRS cannot issue any credit or refund before mid-February. Under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, the IRS must hold the entire refund — even the portion not associated with these two ...

Success Story: TAS Helps Taxpayer Stop IRS Levy Against Social Security Benefits

Fri, Jan 05, 2018

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 issues. All personal details are removed to protect the privacy of the taxpayer. A widow came to TAS for help because the IRS was trying to levy against her social security payments and that would cause her a financial hardship. Th...

NTA Blog: Miscellaneous Tax Return Preparer Issues as We Head into the 2018 Filing Season

Fri, Dec 22, 2017

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. With the passage of the tax reform legislation known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and as the 2018 filing season approaches, we thought it would be a good time to rev...

Success Story: TAS Helps Taxpayer Get Amended Returns Processed

Mon, Dec 18, 2017

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 issues. All personal details are removed to protect the privacy of the taxpayer. A taxpayer came to TAS because he owed taxes on his 2011 original tax return, but had filed amended returns for tax years 2011- 2013, which the IRS ha...

NTA Blog: Recent Court Decision Highlights the Impact of the Lack of Pre-payment Judicial Review of IRC Section 6707A Penalty

Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Subscribe to the NTA’s Blog and receive updates on the latest blog posts from National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog. This time of the year, I review and edit drafts of the ten most litigated issues in federal courts that are ultimately published in the National Taxpayer Advocate&rs...