FY 2012 Objectives Report to Congress
National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) Nina E. Olson released her Fiscal Year 2012 Objectives Report to Congress on June 29, 2011, which outlines the goals and activities planned by the NTA for the coming fiscal year. The report expresses particular concern about the impact of IRS budget cuts on taxpayer service and tax compliance and about IRS lien filing practices.
Objectives Report to Congress Additional Facts
- On a budget of about $12.1 billion, the IRS collected about $2.35 trillion in FY 2010. In other words, every $1 appropriated for the IRS produced about $194 in federal revenue.
- TAS’s case receipts have risen from about 169,000 in FY 2004 to about 299,000 in FY 2010, an increase of 77 percent.
- From January 1 to March 31, 2011, the IRS filed approximately 612,000 Notices of Federal Tax Lien, an increase of 25 percent over the same period in fiscal year 2010.
- So far in fiscal year 2011 (through May 31), TAS has received 190,204 cases and closed 184,801, providing relief to taxpayers in nearly 75 percent of the cases it closed.
- The top issues in TAS cases this fiscal year include identity theft, processing amended tax returns, audits, and IRS levies.
- By law, the National Taxpayer Advocate must submit two reports to Congress each year: an Annual Report to Congress and an Objectives Report for the next fiscal year.