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Thursday, February 26, 2009

House Holds Hearing Today on IRS Assistance for Taxpayers Experiencing Economic Difficulties

The Subcommittee on Oversight of the House Ways & Means Committee holds a hearing today on IRS Assistance for Taxpayers Experiencing Economic Difficulties.  From the hearing announcement:

The Subcommittee will discuss the specific problems encountered by taxpayers during this recession. The Subcommittee will review the steps taken by the IRS to assist struggling taxpayers and consider recommendations of the National Taxpayer Advocate.

Here are the witnesses scheduled to testify:

  • Linda E. Stiff (Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement, IRS)
  • Nina E. Olson (National Taxpayer Advocate, IRS)

For a critical view of the hearing, see Center for Freedom and Prosperity, Kangaroo-Court Hearing Demonizes Tax Havens, Overlooks Pro-Growth Changes that Would Protect Human Rights and Reduce Tax Evasion.

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While I appreciate the time spent by members in the House along with Nina Olson and Linda Stiff, there is still a major problem with the fundamental functioning of the National Taxpayers Advocate system where the taxpayer wins on average less then 17% of the time. I find it hard to believe that a program which is suppose to be unbiased is showing such poor statics in favor of the taxpayer. The money for this program is part of the overall IRS budget. It would seem to me that the NTA office should be out from under the IRS. This would then at least give the Taxpayer a feeling of a fair and balanced review.

Posted by: D.Snow | Feb 28, 2009 4:35:49 PM