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If You Owe the IRS, but Can’t Pay: Currently Not Collectible [VIDEO]

Wed Jul 01 11:58:00 PDT 2015

Maybe you owe the IRS money, but because of your current financial situation, you can’t pay it back. If the IRS agrees with you, they can place your account in Currently Not Collectible (CNC) status. If the IRS determines that there is no ability to collect taxes from a delinquent taxpayer, it may place certain cases in CNC status. This new video outlines what you need to know about Curre...

2015 Tax Forums: TAS Focus Groups

Mon Jun 08 07:55:03 PDT 2015

Each year the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country. These events feature the latest information from the IRS; news about tax law changes; the chance to meet with software vendors; and the opportunity to attend nearly 50 seminars presented by IRS employees and members of professio...

In Recognition of Public Service - Some Success Stories

Tue May 05 08:00:56 PDT 2015

This week is Public Service Recognition week, and in that spirit, we wanted to share some stories that highlight how Taxpayer Advocate Service employees work for you and all taxpayers. The Taxpayer Advocate Service has Advocates in every state, and they are your voice at the IRS, taking your side and working one-on-one until the issue is resolved. Here are just a few examples of how TAS employe...

2016 LITC Grant Period Now Open

Mon May 04 15:13:46 PDT 2015

Grant applications for Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC) are being accepted from today through June 15, 2015. The program awards matching grants of up to $100,000 per year to qualifying organizations to develop, expand, or maintain a low income taxpayer clinic. LITC employees and volunteers operate independently from the IRS. The clinics must provide services for free or for no more than a nom...

TAS Acts to Help After a Payroll Service Provider Embezzles From Over 400 Small Businesses

Wed Apr 29 14:04:11 PDT 2015

Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. All personal details are removed to protect the privacy of the taxpayer. TAS helped a small business defrauded by an unscrupulous Payroll Service Provider (PSP). When a PSP embezzles funds from a business, the business is in effect, expected to pay twice. The taxpayer provides money to the PSP to calcul...

ID Theft Times Two

Wed Apr 29 14:00:00 PDT 2015

Every year, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) helps thousands of people with tax problems. All personal details are removed to protect the privacy of the taxpayer. A young mother walked into the TAS office almost in tears because her 2014 refund was being delayed and she was not given much information or guidance by the IRS. The taxpayer also never received her 2011 refund. TAS found the IRS ...

2015 Tax Forums: TAS Seminars and Case Resolution

Mon Apr 27 11:20:00 PDT 2015

Each year the IRS sponsors the Nationwide Tax Forums, a three-day series of tax education and networking conferences for tax professionals in cities around the country. These events feature the latest information from the IRS; news about tax law changes; the chance to meet with software vendors; and the opportunity to attend nearly 50 seminars presented by IRS employees and members of professio...

What to do if you forgot to file your taxes

Fri Apr 17 13:23:00 PDT 2015

If you woke up April 16th without having finished your taxes, don’t panic, but do take action soon. The longer you wait to file, the more problems you may have. So, file as soon as you can. Filing electronically is always your best bet, and there are a few different ways to file for free. There are consequences to not filing, especially if you owe tax. Which gets us to the second point: I...

Brookings: How do IRS budget cuts affect taxpayers and the tax system?

Thu Apr 16 06:36:43 PDT 2015

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson recently appeared as part of a panel of experts at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. The panel discussion, addressing the question “How do IRS budget cuts affect taxpayers and the tax system?”, followed a presentation by IRS commissioner John Koskinen,  who summarized the effects of budget cuts and how the IRS is responding. Watch vide...

National Taxpayer Advocate Testifies Before House Committee on Annual Report to Congress

Wed Apr 15 11:00:00 PDT 2015

Today National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about her 2014 Annual Report to Congress. She discussed this year’s tax filing season and the key points of the report, including the IRS’s failure to meet taxpayers’ need for service, which she said erodes taxpayer trust in the system and undermines voluntary co...