Over the years, I and my staff have written and advocated extensively about our concerns with the IRS&rsquo;s implementation of the Federal Payment Levy Program (FPLP). My concerns are amplified by a recent IRS change in policy regarding adding military retirement payments as a payment stream to FPLP. In this blog post, I will provide relevant background on the issue. In the second part of ...Tue, Aug 22, 2017
&nbsp; The Internal Revenue Service recently implemented a new private debt collection program and will assign certain overdue federal tax debts to private collection agencies (PCAs). Posted on this site are some questions and answers about the program, along with a link to a sample letter you can use to tell a PCA to stop contacting you. There is also a link to the National Taxpayer Advo...
In my last blog, I discussed my concerns about the IRS&rsquo;s current use of math and clerical error authority under IRC &sect;&sect; 6213 (b) and (g). This week, I&rsquo;ll take a closer look at the proposal to expand math error authority to &ldquo;correctible errors,&rdquo; and explain why I think Congress should not grant such expansion in two of the three instances....Wed, Aug 09, 2017
People occasionally ask me which areas of tax administration worry me the most.&nbsp;There is certainly no shortage of candidates, but if I had to narrow it down, the IRS&rsquo;s math and clerical error authority under IRC &sect; 6213(b) and (g) would be right up there at the top of the list, along with the IRS correspondence examination program.&nbsp;In fact, I expressed my con...Wed, Aug 09, 2017
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson testified before the Subcommittee on Financial Services on IRS FY 2018 Budget Request. Read her complete testimony....
At TAS, we help taxpayers from all walks of life.&nbsp;When it comes to taxpayers with tax debt, some taxpayers have the resources to pay their debt.&nbsp;This blog focusses on the method the IRS uses to determine the amount of basic living expenses it should take into account if a taxpayer needs to pay his or her tax debt over time.&nbsp; Congress directed the IRS to make sure taxp...Wed, Jul 26, 2017
At a recent hearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight of the Committee on Ways and Means, I was asked a seemingly simple question about what types of guidance taxpayers can rely on. Unfortunately, the answer is not simple at all. Generally speaking, there are three buckets of tax guidance: 1. Regulations &ndash; Treasury (tax) regulations are subject to a public notice-and-comment period...Tue, Jul 25, 2017
&nbsp; &nbsp; The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will conduct Problem Solving Day events in communities throughout the country in the coming months and year. During these events, TAS employees from a local office will be available to assist taxpayers in person with tax problems they have not been able to resolve with the IRS. Generally, TAS can assist taxpayers whose problems with the...Wed, Jul 19, 2017
In an earlier blog I discussed my concern about how the IRS&rsquo;s private debt collection (PDC) program affects taxpayers who are likely experiencing economic hardship.&nbsp;In this blog, I want to share my concern that the IRS is not making good business decisions as it implements the PDC initiative. Since 2004, Internal Revenue Code (IRC) &sect; 6306 has authorized the IRS to ou...Fri, Jul 14, 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. TAS assisted a taxpayer who had been waiting over two years for the IRS to return levied funds. The IRS levied a large amount of the taxpayer's state ...
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