On January 11, 2012 National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson 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 concern that the IRS’s expanding use of automated processes to adjust tax liabilities is causing harm to taxpayers and recommended that Congress enact a comprehensive Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
Last winter, Congress passed the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act to address our nation’s infrastructure. The FAST Act allows the IRS, for the first time, to share information with the State Department, which can cause the State Department to take action against U.S. taxpayers who owe money to the IRS.
Forbes contributor Josh Ungerman’s article, “Don’t Book That Caribbean Vacation If You Owe The IRS–Your Passport May Be Revoked,” cautions that the State Department can revoke existing passports or refuse to issue or renew a passport.
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