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Recommendations to Congress

In 2017 the National Taxpayer Advocate published the inaugural “Purple Book”, a concise summary of 50 legislative recommendations that she believes would strengthen taxpayer rights  and improve tax administration. Most of the recommendations have been made in detail in prior reports, but others are presented in this book for the first time. These are offered as an aid to Congress as it considers taxpayer rights and IRS reform legislation in the coming year.

The Annual Report to Congress includes recommendations for new federal tax laws or changes to current ones. The National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) places a high priority on working with the tax-writing committees in Congress. In addition to submitting legislative proposals in each Annual Report, the NTA meets regularly with members of Congress and their staffs, and testifies at hearings on the problems faced by taxpayers to give Congress an opportunity to receive and consider the taxpayer’s perspective.