From the Press Release:
National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Tax Reform, IRS Funding and Identity Theft
WASHINGTON — National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2012 annual report to Congress, identifying the need for tax reform as the overriding priority in tax administration. The Advocate also expressed concern that the Internal Revenue Service is not adequately funded to serve taxpayers and collect tax, and identified ways in which this chronic under-funding harms taxpayers and the public fisc. She also found that the IRS is not doing enough to assist victims of tax-related identity theft and return preparer fraud.
NUMBER ONE Problem: The most serious problem facing taxpayers — and the IRS — is the COMPEXITY of the Internal Revenue Code (the “tax code”).
Yes, we all know that, but of special interest to many readers here is item number 8.
MSP 8: The IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programs Discourage Voluntary Compliance by Those Who Inadvertently Failed to Report Foreign Accounts
Update from @Lisa. Thank you.
MSP 15: Challenges Persist for International Taxpayers as the IRS Moves Slowly to Address Their Needs