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NTA Blog: Nonresident Aliens Still Facing Hardships In Obtaining Refunds of Withheld Tax

Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Nonresident Aliens’ Ability to Receive Credit for Certain Taxes Withheld at Source Continues to Be Jeopardized 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. Imagine how you would feel if you were expecting...

Success Story: TAS helps taxpayer validate eligibility for Earned Income Tax Credit

Mon, Feb 12, 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 taxpayer filed returns for three tax years as head of household and claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for t...

Government Shutdown

Fri, Feb 09, 2018

As of February 9, 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...

TAS assistance offered at local Problem Solving Days

Fri, Feb 09, 2018

  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 IRS are causin...

NTA Blog: Telephone Service in an Omnichannel Environment (Part 2 of 2)

Thu, Feb 08, 2018

Telephone Service in an Omnichannel Environment - The IRS Must Ensure Taxpayers Are Getting the Assistance They Need Over the Telephone (Part 2 of 2) 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. In last week&rs...

The first in a series of NTA Conversations is now available for online viewing

Wed, Feb 07, 2018

The NTA is hosting a series of conversations that bring together experts to discuss relevant issues that impact and influence tax administration. The first NTA Conversation panel discussion "An International Ethnographic Perspective on Tax Administration and Tax Compliance" was held on Dec. 1, 2017. The discussion included five international tax researchers who shared their approach to tax...

NTA Blog: Telephone Service in an Omnichannel Environment (Part 1 of 2)

Thu, Feb 01, 2018

Telephone Service in an Omnichannel Environment - Communicating with the IRS Over the Phone Must Be Made Easier for Taxpayers (Part 1) 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. Jan. 29th marked the start of ...

NTA Blog: IRS Rolls out Passport Certification Program, Refusing to Adopt Taxpayer Protections and Exclude Taxpayers Working with TAS

Thu, Jan 25, 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. On Jan. 22, 2018, the IRS began implementation of the passport certification program. IRC § 7345 authorizes the IRS to certify a taxpayer’s seriously deli...

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 ...

General Tax Policy

Questions, Answers, and Crackdowns

Where do TCJA benefits come from?...

Most Taxpayers’ Benefits Come Mainly from the TCJA’s Individual Provisions, But the Rich Get Much of Their Tax Cuts from Corporate Changes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) affects the after-tax income of households in two ways: directly through the individual income tax and indirectly through......

Governors Talk Taxes in Their State of the State Addresses

It’s difficult to predict where states will end up on tax policy this year given last year’s budget drama and this year’s new federal tax......

“With a little help from my friends.”

“What would you do if I sang out of tune?” Senators are concerned that the president’s budget proposal does not provide enough funding for the IRS to administer the TCJA....

The Price We Pay for Capping the SALT Deduction

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limited the ability of taxpayers to deduct state and local taxes (SALT) from their federal taxable income. New......

A Gas Tax, Fiscal Weakness, a Workaround, and Scams

Did the president just promise to back a 25-cent gas tax hike?...

The Fiscal Disarmament Of President Trump and the GOP

President Trump, who sees himself as the toughest guy in the room, is, along with his GOP allies in Congress, disarming the federal government’s ability......

Roses are red, violets are blue. The nation keeps spending, with too little revenue.

The TCJA’s long-term cost could affect the bond market....

“Hey big spender, spend a little time with me.”

President Trump released his budget. It doesn’t balance....

Budget day, and more TCJA winners and losers

The Trump Administration will release its 2019 budget today....

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