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Posted on August 12, 2016 · Posted in Industry News, Latest Updates

8/5/16 – Preparer and Taxpayer Concerns Aired at Public Forums

Since February 2016, the National Taxpayer Advocate’s office has held eight Public Forums on Taxpayer Needs and Preferences throughout the United States, with several more planned through the end of 2016. Each of the Forums included at least one attorney, CPA or Enrolled Agent who actively represents small businesses and individuals in their community. In the preface to her mid-year report to Congress, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson stated,

“Although the National Taxpayer Advocate has been charged by Congress to be the voice of the taxpayer inside the IRS, what we heard at the Public Forums were the voices of real taxpayers and their real representatives. They are compelling, articulate, and clear about what they need in order to comply with the tax laws.”

Some of the concerns addressed by the mid-year report include:

  • Building a Future State before the IRS current state of taxpayer service is fixed.
  • The implications of granting access to taxpayers’ online accounts to unregulated return preparers.
  • The increasing workload for VITA sites and the compression of the filing season for professional tax preparers.

Click here to read more, including comments from CSEA Member Jennifer MacMillan, EA, Chair, Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee (IRSAC).