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Taxpayer Advocate Identifies 'Most Serious' Problems for Taxpayers

Other serious problems identified in the report include:

  • The Alternative Minimum Tax "corrodes" the tax system and democratic process.
  • The IRS Is significantly underfunded to serve taxpayers and collect tax.
  • The IRS has failed to provide effective and timely assistance to victims of identity theft.

The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate is an independent office within the Internal Revenue Service. The advocate is appointed by, and reports directly to, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. The office, which replaced the IRS Office of the Ombudsman, was created under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights 2, which became law in July 1996. Olsen has been the advocate since January 2001.