National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson and Rep. Peter Roskam will hold a public forum on March 9 to hear what taxpayers need from the IRS to fulfill their tax obligations
WASHINGTON (PRWEB) March 03, 2016
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson and Rep. Peter Roskam, Chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, will hold a public forum to discuss what taxpayers want and need from the IRS to comply with their tax obligations on Wednesday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Members of the public and the media are invited to attend the forum.
During the last two years, the IRS has been developing a “Future State” plan envisioning how it will operate in five years and beyond. It is continuing to develop a path for how it gets from the “Current State” to the “Future State,” including refinements to the vision along the way. A central component of the plan is the creation of online taxpayer accounts as a convenient but non-exclusive channel through which taxpayers will be able to obtain information from and interact with the IRS.
In the National Taxpayer Advocate’s 2015 Annual Report to Congress, Ms. Olson expressed concerns about whether the IRS’s “Future State” plan adequately addresses taxpayer needs. She recommended the IRS solicit comments from taxpayers and tax professionals regarding the “Future State” plan, including their thoughts on the extent to which taxpayers will continue to need telephone and in-person assistance. To further public awareness and dialogue, she announced plans to hold a series of public forums around the country. The objective of the public forums is to ensure the “Future State” plan will better reflect the needs and preferences of U.S. taxpayers as they seek to comply with the tax code.
The March 9 public forum, the first to be held in a local community, will feature an invited panel consisting of representatives from the small business and local taxpayer communities and the following members:
Andrew VanSingel, Director, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
David Marzahl, President & CEO
Center for Economic Progress
Vijay Raghavan, Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Fraud Bureau
Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Mark Mirsky, CPS MST CGMA
ROI Business Services, LLC
The forum will conclude with an opportunity for public comment.
Local Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) staff will be available to talk with attendees about unresolved tax issues and help determine if their situation qualifies for TAS assistance. TAS generally is unable to assist taxpayers with return preparation questions, but can provide assistance to taxpayers who have already filed their returns with the IRS for the current or past years and are experiencing problems that meet our case-acceptance criteria.
Ms. Olson will conduct the hearing in collaboration with Rep. Peter Roskam, who represents the 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Roskam’s subcommittee is responsible for IRS oversight. The public forum will take place in the Clayton Room, Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane St., Glen Ellyn IL 60137.
For information about the forum, go to TaxpayerAdvocate.irs.gov/public-forums.