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  • Private Debt Collection: Recent Debts (Part 3 of 3)
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    In an earlier blog I discussed my concern about how the IRS’s private debt collection (PDC) program affects taxpayers who are likely experiencing economic hardship. 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... Read more »
  • Success Story: TAS Advocates for Return of Levied Proceeds
    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... Read more »
  • Private Debt Collection: Hardship (Part 2 of 3)
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    I have always had concerns about outsourcing tax debts to private collection agencies (PCAs). First, I believe tax collection is an “inherently governmental function” within the meaning of section five of the 1998 FEAR Act that should be performed only by federal employees. Second, as a TAS study of the last private... Read more »
  • Success story: Victim of Preparer Fraud Receives Refund
    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 advocated on behalf of a taxpayer who was the... Read more »
  • Private Debt Collection Program
    Since 2004, when Internal Revenue Code (IRC) § 6306 was enacted as part of the American Jobs Creation Act, the IRS has had the statutory authority to outsource the collection of tax debt. The IRS exercised this authority in its prior private debt collection program from about 2006 to 2009,... Read more »
  • Success story: NBC12 helps taxpayer get TAS assistance
    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 cancer patient says she tried numerous times to find... Read more »
  • TAS Focus Groups on Installment Agreements and TAS Services at 2017 Tax Forums
    Each year the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country.These events feature the latest information from the IRS, news about tax law changes, the chance to meet with software vendors and the opportunity to... Read more »
  • NTA releases FY2018 Objectives Report
    Today the National Taxpayer Advocate released her Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Objectives Report to Congress, identifying the priority issues she and TAS will address during FY 2018. In her preface to the report, the National Taxpayer Advocate praised the IRS for a generally successful filing season, but indicated that taxpayers who... Read more »
  • A Few Thoughts About The National Taxpayer Advocate’s Fiscal Year 2018 Objectives Report
    Today’s blog is short and sweet because . . . well, because today we are releasing the 295-page National Taxpayer Advocate’s Fiscal Year 2018 Objectives Report to Congress, and that’s enough reading for anyone! By way of background, in IRC § 7803(c)(B), Congress required the National Taxpayer Advocate to submit... Read more »
  • Success Story: TAS helps locate missing passports filed with Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) request
    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  who was experiencing a family emergency and needed... Read more »