The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) recently learned of a new email phishing scam in which taxpayers receive emails purporting to be from TAS and bearing the TAS logo. The email contains a link to a fraudulent website that solicits personal information including names, contact information and income details. If you get one of these emails, do not click on the links, and please report it to the IRS immediately. For more specific information about this scam, visit the Identity Theft page.
Should the IRS use private collection agencies to pursue tax debts? (The Washington Post, April 15, 2014)
Know Your Rights With IRS? What Rights? (Forbes, April 9, 2014)
Taxpayers vulnerable to unregulated tax preparers (CNNMoney, April 8, 2014)
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson released her 2013 Annual Report to Congress in January 2014. The report urged the Internal Revenue Service to adopt a comprehensive Taxpayer Bill of Rights – a step she said would increase trust in the agency and, more generally, strengthen its ability to serve taxpayers and collect tax. The Advocate also expressed deep concern that the IRS is not adequately funded to serve taxpayers, pointing out that the IRS annually receives more than 100 million telephone calls from taxpayers and that, in fiscal year 2013, the IRS could only answer 61 percent of calls from taxpayers seeking to speak with an IRS customer service representative. For more information and access to the full report, visit the 2013 Annual Report to Congress.
The Time for Tax Reform is Now!
To further the dialogue about tax reform, TAS has established a vehicle to receive taxpayers’ suggestions for tax reform. Please provide your input.
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