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Below please find daily updates pertaining to the latest in financial, business, and tax news:

Taxpayer Advocate Service Feed

TAS office closure updates

Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Some Taxpayer Advocate Service offices are temporarily closed due to the effects of Hurricane Maria. The Puerto Rico office is currently closed for business due to Hurricane Maria. We will update our site as our offices reopen. The Taxpayer Advocate Service Florida offices are open for business, however we ask for your patience as our employees return to their offices. Here is information for v...

Installment Agreements (IAs): Adopting National Taxpayer Advocate Recommendations Could Assist the IRS to Ensure Taxpayers Enter IAs They Can Afford

Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Previously, I discussed my concerns about installment agreements (IAs) and the study TAS Research conducted on IAs. Today I will discuss the recommendations I have made to the IRS to ameliorate some of my concerns about IAs, both in the study and in the associated Most Serious Problem, both published in the National Taxpayer Advocate’s 2016 Annual Report to Congress.&...

TAS office closures affected by Hurricane Irma

Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Some Taxpayer Advocate Service offices were temporarily closed due to the effects of Hurricane Irma. As of Monday, September 18, 2017, all TAS offices in Florida are currently open for business. Here is information for victims of Hurricane Irma https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/help-for-victims-of-hurricane-irma....

Installment Agreements (IAs): TAS Study Finds Taxpayers Enter IAs They Cannot Afford

Wed, Sep 13, 2017

In this and next week’s blog, I will discuss my recent Most Serious Problem on Installment Agreements (IAs) and the corresponding Research Study that was published in my 2016 Annual Report to Congress. Today I will focus my concerns on IAs and discuss the results of the study; in next week’s posting, I’ll review the recommendations my office made to address the pro...

The IRS’s Position in Mescalero Apache Tribe v. Commissioner Raises Concerns About the IRS’s Commitment to Taxpayer Rights

Thu, Sep 07, 2017

About this time every year, my wonderful staff of attorney-advisors presents me with early drafts of the discussion of the ten most litigated issues in federal courts that are ultimately published in the National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report to Congress. Editing these drafts is one of my favorite tasks, because I get to review in a concentrated fashion a significant swath of tax ...

Success Story: TAS helps taxpayer meet closing deadline

Thu, Sep 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 received a call from a taxpayer who was frantic and nearly in tears. All of the taxpayer's plans for a new home were about to go astray, although ...

Federal Payment Levy Program: The New IRS Automated Levies on Military Retirement Payments May Be Harming Veterans Experiencing Economic Hardship (Part II)

Fri, Sep 01, 2017

In last week’s blog, I described the Federal Payment Levy Program (FPLP) and outlined my general concerns about the IRS’s implementation of the “Low Income Filter” (LIF) and lack of person-to-person assistance. In this blog post, I discuss my concerns about the IRS’s decision to extend the FPLP to military pensioners.  The IRS based its...

Federal Payment Levy Program: The New IRS Automated Levies on Military Retirement Payments May Be Harming Veterans Experiencing Economic Hardship

Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Over the years, I and my staff have written and advocated extensively about our concerns with the IRS’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 ...

Private Debt Collection Program - What You Need to Know

Tue, Aug 22, 2017

  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...

Correctible Error Authority Part 2: Why Correctible Error Authority Creates More Problems Than It Resolves

Wed, Aug 16, 2017

In my last blog, I discussed my concerns about the IRS’s current use of math and clerical error authority under IRC §§ 6213 (b) and (g). This week, I’ll take a closer look at the proposal to expand math error authority to “correctible errors,” and explain why I think Congress should not grant such expansion in two of the three instances....

General Tax Policy

If Tax Cuts Boost Foreign Investment, The Income Boost May Be Moderate

In principle, well designed tax cuts can increase US investment and lending by foreigners which can, in turn, increase the aggregate US capital stock and,......

Thirty Days Hath September…

A vote, a vote, their kingdom for a vote…. Senate Republicans continue their push to pass the Graham-Cassidy bill before September 30, after which date they’d require Democratic support....

Choices, Promises, and Confusion

Americans still want to tax the fella behind the tree. As part of a budget-cutting exercise, a new online survey finds that a majority of Americans would raise taxes on the top 5 percent of earners...

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Have Something In Common: Big Dreams They Can’t Pay For

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and President Trump have more in common than either would likely admit. For example, both have grand, ambitious plans they cannot......

"Look into your heart..."

“With a positive mind.” Another day, another trial balloon, or two....

Eight Thoughts on Business Tax Reform

Today I had the chance to testify before the Senate Finance Committee on business tax reform. Here are my opening remarks. You can find my......

Once more unto the breach, dear friends…

Before tax reform, one more attempt at ACA repeal and replace....

Tax Reform Affects The Level Of Economic Output — Not The Long-Run Growth Rate

President Trump and his top economic advisers often argue that a major tax reform would permanently boost the nation’s economic growth rate to 3 percent......

Biting the Hand that Feeds You

The President seeks Democratic votes on tax reform. For now....

Agreeing to Disagree, Hurrying Up to Wait

The House passed a $1.2 trillion spending bill. The legislation funds most government activities for the fiscal year beginning October 1....

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