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The newly adopted "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" will help IRS employees provide better service to taxpayers and sends a "message to Congress."
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In an annual report to Congress, the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, wrote that the IRS faces "unstable and chronic underfunding that puts at risk the IRS's ability to meet its current responsibilities, much less articulate and achieve the necessary transformation to an effective, modern tax agency."
Nina Olson of the IRS talks about new penalties aimed at reducing tax-return related identity theft. Alan Paller of the SANS Institute offers insight on the increased cyber funding in President Obama's 2014 budget request. Dwight Sullivan, a civilian counsel with the Air Force Appellate Defense Division, discusses Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's call to remove commanders' ability to overturn criminal convictions. Sandy Baum of George Washington University discusses a new study that calls on changes to the Pell Grant program. Erika Harrell of the Bureau of Justice Statistics talks about a new report on violence in the workplace. Cady North, a senior financial analyst with Bloomberg Government, talks about a new report on funding among six financial regulatory agencies.
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Faced with declining resources, the Internal Revenue Service has diverted resources from elsewhere inside the agency to try and head off skyrocketing cases of identity theft stemming from tax refunds.
Tags: IRS , Congress , House , House Oversight and Government Reform Commitee , TIGTA , GAO , National Taxpayer Advocate , J. Russell George , Gerry Connolly , Beth Tucker , James White , technology , cybersecurity , Jared Serbu
Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson concludes that the IRS "is subject to three diverging forces - increased responsibility for non-core tax administration duties, increasing demand for taxpayer service (including telephone assistance) and declining resources to meet that demand, and collection policies that mask a laissez faire attitude toward taxpayer harm under the guise of ‘efficiency.'"
The most serious problem facing taxpayers and the IRS is a shared one. Taxpayer advocate Nina Olson has details.