National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson has delivered a report to Congress that identifies the priority issues the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate will address in the coming fiscal year. Among the key areas of focus will be working with the IRS to improve taxpayer services, enhancing IRS oversight of federal tax return preparers, improving the effectiveness of the offer in compromise program, and working with the IRS to improve its ability to administer refundable tax credits effectively.
The report notes that FY 2010 will mark the ten-year anniversary of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, which began operations in March of 2000. “As TAS enters its tenth year, both [TAS] and the IRS face a difficult environment for achieving what is, in essence, the same mission – ensuring that the IRS treats taxpayers fairly and identifying ways to increase voluntary compliance while addressing noncompliance,” Olson said. She identified the collection of tax revenue at a time when “increasing numbers of taxpayers have difficulty paying their daily living expenses” as a principal challenge.
The Advocate’s report, which is required by law, sets out the objectives of the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate for the upcoming fiscal year and provides substantive analysis of issues as well as statistical information.