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Taxpayer Advocate Service

NTA Testimony before Senate Finance Committee
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson, Testifies before the Senate Committee on Finance on the Tax Gap and Tax Shelters. Ms. Olson states..."it is essential that the IRS strive to maintain a balance between enforcing the laws and protecting taxpayer rights. A balanced approach protects taxpayer rights as aggressively as the law is enforced."

Reports to Congress
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson has delivered a report to Congress that calls for enhanced protection of taxpayer rights by tax administrators and improvements in the offer-in-compromise, collection due process and tax e-filing programs.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Program
The National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, announces that the 2005 Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) grant application process opens May 1, 2004. Organizations providing low cost or no cost representation to people involved in tax disputes can apply for grants worth up to $100,000.

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP)
The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) is launching a recruitment drive for new members. Part of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, TAP provides a forum for citizens to make suggestions regarding IRS decision making. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, current on their income taxes, and able to commit about 300 hours during the year to the panel. For more information go to

Who We Are
As an independent organization within the IRS we help taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS and recommend changes that will prevent the problems.

Who may use the Taxpayer Advocate Service?
If you have an ongoing issue with the IRS that has not been resolved through normal processes, or you have suffered, or are about to suffer a significant hardship as a result of the administration of the tax laws, contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service.

How do I reach the Taxpayer Advocate Service?
Information for contacting your Taxpayer Advocate Service.

What information should I provide to the Taxpayer Advocate?
Important information you should provide your Taxpayer Advocate.

What can I expect from the Taxpayer Advocate?
Your assigned Case Advocate will listen to your point of view and will work with you to address your concerns.

What is Systemic Advocacy?
The Taxpayer Advocate Service not only helps individual and business taxpayers settle disputes with the IRS, but also tries to repair the larger, systemic flaws that cause trouble for taxpayers and IRS employees alike.

Taxpayer Rights
This is your one-stop shop for taxpayer rights information.