Tag Archives: Advocate

National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report

National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Tax Reform, IRS Funding and Identity Theft IR-2013-3, Jan. 9, 2013 WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2012 annual report to Congress, identifying the need for tax reform as the overriding priority in tax administration. The Advocate also expressed concern […]

Long Term Care Insurance

Today TaxMama® hears from Connie in the TaxQuips Forum with an excellent question. “I have a long term care insurance policy that I took out last year. This insurance is to cover you if you are put in a nursing home or other type of care facility; it is not long term disability insurance. I […]

Taxpayers Advocate – 2011 Annual Report to Congress

WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her annual report to Congress, identifying the combination of the IRS’s expanding workload and declining resources as the most serious problem facing taxpayers. The result, the report says, is inadequate taxpayer service, erosion of taxpayer rights, and reduced tax compliance. The Advocate expressed her continuing […]

IRS Accepting Applications for Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Grants

Washington — The Internal Revenue Service today announced the opening of the 2012 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant application process. The grant will cover the 2012 grant cycle, which runs from January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. Applications must be electronically filed, postmarked, sent by private delivery service, or hand-delivered to the LITC […]

Getting Free Tax Help

Today TaxMama wants to talk to you about ways to get help when you are in tax trouble, as a result f a desperate plea from a fellow named Jon.

Not Feeling Helpless

Today TaxMama wants to talk to you about feeling helpless in the face of encroaching laws and rules. In the course of what I do and what I write, I encounter ever more legislation and more complex procedures constricting our lives. And people. Sometimes the despair radiating from people caught in the sticky web of […]

The Taxpayers Advocate Speaks

National Taxpayer Advocate Submits Mid-Year Report to Congress; Identifies Priority Challenges and Issues for Upcoming Year IR-2010-83, July 7, 2010 WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released a report to Congress that identifies the priority issues the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will address during the coming fiscal year.  The report expresses concern […]

Unclear on the Concept

Today TaxMama needs to explain the purpose of the Taxpayers Advocate Service, based on  a misconception expressed in the TaxQuips Forum.  Peter says his problem is in the hands of the Taxpayers Advocate. So he’s just going to sit back and wait for them to take care of everything.

Amending Very Old Returns

Today TaxMama hears from Mark in West Virginia with this problem. “The IRS thinks I owe them money from 1999. I have proof to the contrary, but they say I can’t file a 1040x after 3 years. Even the Tax Advocates told me that. My father acting as my power of attorney filed it through […]

NOL Deadline Today

Dear Family, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! A milestone today – Ask TaxMama issue number 500. And it turns out to be TaxQuip number 1200! This has been an intense tax season, with the tax laws changing on us, seemingly every few days. I really want to thank all of you for […]

National Taxpayer Advocate Releases Report to Congress; Identifies Priority Challenges and Issues for Upcoming Year

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service – IR-2008-87, July 8, 2008 WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today delivered a report to Congress that identifies the priority issues the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate will address in the coming fiscal year. Among the key areas of focus will be improving IRS procedures to […]

IRS Lost My Appeal

Today TaxMama hears from Bernie in Georgia who’s upset. “I filed an offer in compromise that was rejected. I prepared an appeal and took it to the IRS office, who stamped it received. That office has apparently “lost” my appeal. What do I do next, aside from re-doing the appeal and sending the copied paper […]