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TAS Helps Taxpayer Receive EITC

Wed Nov 18 23:32:40 PST 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. Two taxpayers claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for the same dependents. This created a complicated case that required TAS’s advocates to use all their knowledge to figure out who was actually eligible for the credi...

Nina Olson Stands Up for Taxpayer Rights (Tax Analysts)

Tue Nov 10 07:03:00 PST 2015

In advance of the International Conference on Taxpayer Rights, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson sat down with Tax Analysts' William Hoffman to talk about differences between taxpayer rights and remedies, embedding taxpayer rights in the Internal Revenue Manual, and why Sweden's idea of taxpayer rights would never work in the United States. The full interview is available from Tax Analys...

TAS Obtains Refund for an “Injured Spouse”

Wed Oct 21 05:25:38 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. The IRS took a taxpayer’s entire refund to offset a debt owed by her husband. The taxpayer didn’t try to recover the money through an “injured spouse” claim until two years later, and by then she’...

Taxpayer Advocate Speaks on Taxes and Transparency

Thu Oct 15 07:09:00 PDT 2015

Last week the National Taxpayer Advocate participated in a panel discussion sponsored by Tax Analysts called Tax Transparency: The Good, The Bad, and The Future. She was joined on the panel by Drita Tonuzi, IRS Associate Chief Counsel, and Christopher Rizek, Member and General Counsel, Caplin & Drysdale.  Each member of the panel acted as a representative of a particular viewpoint –T...

Premium Tax Credit: 3 ways to reduce the chance of owing taxes

Tue Oct 13 19:01:00 PDT 2015

This past filing season saw some people owing money at tax time that they didn’t expect. Why? Because they didn’t provide an accurate income estimate to the Marketplace when enrolling for health insurance or they forgot to report changes to the Marketplace immediately. Don’t let that be you next year! Here are three ways to help lessen your chances of owing money at tax time, ...

Nina Olson: IRS recovers from dismal tax filing season (Federal News Radio)

Thu Oct 08 07:15:52 PDT 2015

NTA Nina Olson was interviewed on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin about IRS customer service during the last filing season. From Federal Drive: “[T]he final numbers are now in, and the picture didn't improve much.” Listen to the whole interview at Federal News Radio ...

Some Non-U.S. Citizens Are Exempt from the Individual Shared Responsibility Payment

Mon Oct 05 08:00:00 PDT 2015

Be Sure to File IRS Form 8965 to Claim Your Exemption The Affordable Care Act made it a requirement for individuals to have health care coverage, or if they don’t, make a shared responsibility payment – but some groups of people are exempt. If you live in the United States but aren’t a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawfully present immigrant, you aren’t required t...

Help for a Taxpayer Whose Brother Stole His Identity

Wed Sep 23 07:07:00 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. While a taxpayer was out of the country, his brother stole his identity and used his Social Security number to file a tax return. The IRS audited the return, filed a lien against the taxpayer’s property, and took part of...

File Your 2014 Tax Return Immediately to Ensure You Can Receive the Benefit of Advance Payments of the Premium Tax Credit in 2016

Wed Sep 09 10:28:00 PDT 2015

The IRS issued a Health Care Tax Tip urging taxpayers who received the benefit of advance payments of the premium tax credit (PTC) in 2014 under the health care law to file their federal tax returns, and do it now, even if a valid filing extension was secured. Why? Because insurance Marketplaces will determine eligibility for advance credit payments and cost-sharing reductions for the 2016 cove...

Register Today for the International Conference on Taxpayer Rights

Tue Sep 08 11:13:00 PDT 2015

The National Taxpayer Advocate is convening the Inaugural International Conference on Taxpayer Rights in Washington, D.C., on November 18-19, 2015. This ground-breaking conference will present panelists from around the world to explore how taxpayer rights globally serve as the foundation for effective tax administration. Whether expressed though a taxpayer bill or charter of rights, or a declar...