Congress should allow “apology payments” of as much as $1,000 to tax-exempt groups and other taxpayers who incur significant expenses or burdens because of the agency’s failures, said Nina Olson, the national taxpayer advocate.
Micah Andrews opened his first notice from the Internal Revenue Service a week before Christmas in 2010. He was standing in the kitchen of the house in the Atlanta suburbs that he and his wife had bought to make space for their new baby.
On July 22, 1998, President Bill Clinton signed into law a reorganization of the Internal Revenue Service designed to “give the American people an IRS that reflects America’s values and respects America’s taxpayers.”
The U.S. tax system’s most serious problem is the 4-million-word code’s excessive complexity that makes it tough for taxpayers to comply with and difficult for the government to administer, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson wrote in an annual report to Congress.
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service suspended its regulation of tax-return preparers after a federal court ruling said the agency lacked authority, removing a tax- compliance tool that was years in the making and raising concerns from the national taxpayer advocate.
Criminal tax evaders have an easier time coming clean with the Internal Revenue Service than those who didn’t intend to hide money from U.S. authorities, according to Nina Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate.
Potential late action this year by Congress on expired tax provisions might mean significant delays and complications for taxpayers filing returns in early 2013, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson wrote in a report released today.