On Jan. 9, National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) Nina Olson delivered her annual report to Congress. The NTA operates independently within the IRS and is tasked with reporting on its status and making recommendations. Central to Olson’s theme this year was a renewed call for a comprehensive “Taxpayer Bill of Rights,” modeled after the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution.
“Taxpayer rights are central to voluntary compliance,” said Olson. “If taxpayers have confidence in the fairness and integrity of the system, they will be more likely to comply.” The report also emphasized that IRS burdens continue to increase, while funding and staffing have been cut by 8% since 2010. Olson argued that the IRS needs more resources at its disposal.