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IRS News Release: National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report, ‘Purple Book’ to Congress (IRC §7803)

Jan. 13, 2021, 5:00 AM

National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins released to Congress her 2020 Annual Report highlighting the challenges the IRS is facing to deliver taxpayer services in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and reduced IRS budgets, as well as the fourth edition of the NTA’s “Purple Book,” which presents 66 legislative recommendations on addressing those needs, the IRS announced. Inadequate IRS funding leads to the following issues: (1) insufficient employee hiring and retention; (2) inadequate telephone and in-person taxpayer service; and (3) antiquated information technology, among others. The legislative recommendations include: (1) Authorize the IRS to establish minimum standards for tax return preparers;...

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