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.
1. A CHANGING IRS
1.10 Because of Congressional cuts in IRS budgets its workforce continued to shrink until 2008. In 2009 and 2010 the IRS had its budgets grow and its workforce grew. In 2011 the IRS budget was frozen and its workforce shrank. In 2012, 2013, 2014 2015 and 2016 Congress stupidly cut the IRS budget and its workforce has shrunk dramatically.
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