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2012 Annual Report to Congress

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About the Report

The National Taxpayer Advocate’s (NTA) Annual Report to Congress creates a dialogue within the IRS and the highest levels of government to address taxpayers’ problems, protect taxpayers’ rights, and ease taxpayers’ burden.

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Most Serious Problems

The National Taxpayer Advocate's 2012 ARC Identifies the Most Serious Problems Facing Taxpayers Today

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The existing tax code makes compliance difficult, requiring taxpayers to devote excessive time to preparing and filing their returns, and leaving many unaware how their taxes are computed and even what rate of tax they pay. It enables sophisticated taxpayers to reduce their tax liabilities and provides criminals with opportunities to commit tax fraud; and by creating an impression that many taxpayers are not compliant, it undermines trust in the system and reduces the incentive that honest taxpayers feel to comply.

- Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate
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How We've Helped

The National Taxpayer Advocate’s (NTA) Annual Report to Congress identifies key problems affecting taxpayers both individually and systemically, and works to elevate these issues to the IRS.

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