Over the past several years as taxpayers have endured the Great Recession the IRS has escalated the number of federal tax liens filed against delinquent taxpayers. The IRS aggressive use of liens has been criticized by the National Taxpayer Advocate in her annual report to congress and the IRS Advisory Council in its annual report to the Commissioner. IRS recently announced a new, more flexible attitude in policies and programs to help taxpayers pay back taxes and avoid tax liens.
Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie posted his Blog item January 21, 2011 on Forbes.com‘s “IRS Watch” Blog. In the post, entitled “IRS Collection Standards Should Be Revised,” he discusses how the current standards fail to provide adequate expenses for taxpayers residing in high cost communities. To read the full post, please click here.
Forbes.com‘s “IRS Watch” is a dream-team of tax controversy litigators and taxpayer advocates who are keeping watch on IRS positions and trends as influenced by regulatory changes, Congress and the Courts.