National Taxpayer Advocate Releases Mid-Year Report to Congress
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson recently released her statutorily mandated mid-year report to Congress that presents a review of the 2017 Filing Season. She points out that more than 60 percent of the IRS budget is allocated to enforcement activities while only about 4 percent is allocated for taxpayer outreach and education. The number of Taxpayer Assistance Centers [TACs] is declining each year, and because of the IRS’s new appointment-only system, taxpayers who show up without an appointment are routinely turned away. The TACs have completely stopped offering free tax preparation for low income, elderly, and disabled taxpayers and . . . [they] will not answer “out-of-scope” tax law questions during the filing season and will not answer any tax law questions outside the filing season.