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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

National Taxpayer Advocate Releases Annual Report to Congress, Cites Tax Law Complexity as Biggest Problem Facing Taxpayers

Nina_olson_1 Irs_logo_30 National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson has released her 2004 Annual Report to Congress:

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released a report to Congress that identifies the complexity of the Internal Revenue Code as the most serious problem facing taxpayers and the IRS alike. “Without a doubt, the largest source of compliance burdens for taxpayers and the IRS alike is the overwhelming complexity of the tax code, and without a doubt, the only meaningful way to reduce these compliance burdens is to simplify the tax code enormously,” Olson writes. The report cites the alternative minimum tax (AMT), the earned income tax credit (EITC), and the large number of provisions designed to encourage taxpayers to save for education and for retirement as key illustrations of the problems of complexity wrought by the 1.4 million-plus word tax code.

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Comments

Your link for the name Nina E. Olson is the a seemingly irrelevant page on the Volokh Cospiracy blog.

Posted by: Josh Narins | Jan 13, 2005 1:30:08 PM

Actually, it says that administration of the EITC has gotten better:

"On the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) front, the IRS is to be commended for finally,
after almost thirty years, developing a strategic vision and plan for how to implement this program, under the oversight of a single EITC Program Director and Program Office....Thus, for the first time ever, we are not listing the Earned Income Tax Credit as a Most
Serious Problem of taxpayers."

The EITC is a critical program for supplementing the income of the working poor, and a much better alternative than raising the minimum wage, as the latter also benefits non-needy teenage workers and distorts labor markets.

Posted by: Rick (Centrist Coalition) | Jan 11, 2005 4:02:40 PM