NATP Voices Support for the Taxpayer First Act of 2019

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Nation’s largest association supporting tax professionals agrees with plans for modernization of the IRS structure and an improved customer service strategy.

We applaud your efforts to improve the administrative practices at the Internal Revenue Service and taking on the long overdue challenge of reforming the IRS so that it is better equipped to serve the tax professional and their taxpayer clients.

The National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) has voiced its support of the Taxpayer First Act of 2019 [S 928, HR 1957]; a bipartisan bill aimed at modernizing the IRS structure and systems and developing a comprehensive customer service strategy.

In an April 9 letter to ranking members of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Finance Committee, NATP stated, “We applaud your efforts to improve the administrative practices at the Internal Revenue Service and taking on the long overdue challenge of reforming the IRS so that it is better equipped to serve the tax professional and their taxpayer clients.”

NATP, an association serving 23,000 federal tax professional members and working on behalf of all who work in the tax preparation industry, believes that taxpayers, tax professionals and IRS staff deserve to function within a modern structure that improves the overall tax administration process.

While not included in this Act, NATP specifically noted its support of legislation that would build greater due diligence consistency across all categories of tax preparation; among them would be paid preparers, tax software, artificial intelligence tools and VITA, for example. It is the position of the association that the term paid preparer needs better definition and awareness that it extends beyond the traditional tax professional.

NATP commended the efforts of the Chairman, Ranking Members, and the other co-sponsors for their leadership and persistence on these issues.

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NATP is the largest association dedicated to equipping tax professionals with the resources, connections and education they need to provide the highest level of service to their clients. NATP is comprised of more than 22,000 leading tax professionals who believe in a superior standard of ethics and exemplify professional excellence. Members rely on NATP to deliver professional connections, content expertise and advocacy that provides them with the support they need to best serve their clients. The organization welcomes all tax professionals in their quest to continually meet the needs of the public, no matter where they are in their careers. The NATP headquarters is located in Appleton, WI. To learn more, visit http://www.natptax.com.

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