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Private Debt Collection: Recent Debts (Part 3 of 3)

Wed, Jul 19, 2017

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 Revenue Code (IRC) § 6306 has authorized the IRS to ou...

Success Story: TAS Advocates for Return of Levied Proceeds

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 ...

Private Debt Collection: Hardship (Part 2 of 3)

Wed, Jul 12, 2017

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 debt collection (PDC) initiative showed, ...

Success story: Victim of Preparer Fraud Receives Refund

Fri, Jul 07, 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 advocated on behalf of a taxpayer who was the victim of tax return preparer fraud. The taxpayer was very frustrated, since the first time she beca...

Private Debt Collection Program

Wed, Jul 05, 2017

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, but the program was ended due to concerns about its return on investment. Congress amended the st...

Success story: NBC12 helps taxpayer get TAS assistance

Fri, Jun 30, 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 cancer patient says she tried numerous times to find out what happened to her missing tax return, but she says she could not get an actual person on...

TAS Focus Groups on Installment Agreements and TAS Services at 2017 Tax Forums

Thu, Jun 29, 2017

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 attend nearly 50 seminars presented by IRS employees and members of professiona...

NTA releases FY2018 Objectives Report

Wed, Jun 28, 2017

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 require assistance from the IRS are continuing to face significant ch...

A Few Thoughts About The National Taxpayer Advocate’s Fiscal Year 2018 Objectives Report

Wed, Jun 28, 2017

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 two reports to the Committee on Ways and Mean...

Success Story: TAS helps locate missing passports filed with Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) request

Mon, Jun 26, 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  who was experiencing a family emergency and needed to travel out of the country with his children contacted TAS for assistance. H...

General Tax Policy

Perception, Politics, Reality, and Revenue

Scrap the ACA’s NIIT and GOP tax reform gets easier. Why? TPC’s Howard Gleckman explains the math (and the politics) behind repealing the Affordable Care Act’s 3.8 percent Net Investment Income Tax...

"Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again."

“Nothing’s impossible, I have found…” The Senate may have revived its effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with yet another version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act....

Yes, Killing The ACA’s Investment Tax Now Would Make The Next GOP Tax Bill Easier. Here's Why

The chaos surrounding Senate efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act will prolong the debate over what Republicans will do about the nearly $1 trillion......

Tax Reform To-Dos

Advice for tax reformers. TPC Director Mark Mazur testified before the Senate Finance Committee this week, joining three other former assistant Treasury secretaries for tax policy....

My Advice To The Senate Finance Panel About Tax Reform

On July 18, four former assistant Treasury secretaries for tax policy testified before the Senate Finance Committee on the prospects and challenges of achieving tax......

“Just what makes that little old ant…”

“Think he’ll move that rubber tree plant?” Senate efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (and its taxes) are dead in the water....

The House Budget Panel’s Fiscal Framework Could Open The Door To A Big Tax Bill

Hours after the collapse of the Senate GOP leadership’s health plan, Republicans began to move on. The House began its efforts to write a tax......

Three Main Takeaways from CBO’s Analysis of the President’s Budget

The Congressional Budget Office released its Analysis of the President’s FY2018 Budget last week, estimating that the plan would reduce the federal budget deficit from......

Bye for now, BCRA...

The Senate’s second effort to repeal and replace the ACA has failed....

A Vote Delay, and No CBO Score Today

Health care vote delayed due to a senator’s health care. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has delayed consideration of his revised Better Care Reconciliation Act....

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