Podcast with National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson

March 08, 2013

We're honored this week to have Nina Olson, head of the IRS' Taxpayer Advocate Service, back as a guest on the Tax Policy Podcast. Ms. Olson has been generous enough to have been our guest on multiple occasions, and we greatly appreciate her taking time to talk with us again about her most recent report to Congress. As in previous years, she scores tax complexity as the number one problem affecting taxpayers at the federal level.

The existing tax code makes compliance difficult, requiring taxpayers to devote excessive time to preparing and filing their returns, and leaving many unaware how their taxes are computed and even what rate of tax they pay. It enables sophisticated taxpayers to reduce their tax liabilities and provides criminals with opportunities to commit tax fraud; and by creating an impression that many taxpayers are not compliant, it undermines trust in the system and reduces the incentive that honest taxpayers feel to comply.

Her report takes on many other problems, however, including identity theft, agency funding, and return preparer fraud. Listen in to hear which part of the tax code she considers "an abomination" that should be abolished. LISTEN HERE!

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