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Published: October 15, 2015   |   Last Updated: October 14, 2020

Taxpayer Advocate Speaks on Taxes and Transparency

Last week the National Taxpayer Advocate participated in a panel discussion sponsored by Tax Analysts called Tax Transparency: The Good, The Bad, and The Future. She was joined on the panel by Drita Tonuzi, IRS Associate Chief Counsel, and Christopher Rizek, Member and General Counsel, Caplin & Drysdale.


Each member of the panel acted as a representative of a particular viewpoint –Tonuzi speaking as the IRS, Rizek speaking for practitioners, and Olson representing the taxpayer. They discussed the tension between transparency and confidentiality, particularly as it relates to the IRS, the ever-increasing workload facing the agency, the decline of its budget, and the recent controversies it has faced.

Video and transcripts of the full session are available from Tax Analysts.

Read more about the session:

Contest Continues Over IRS Transparency Versus Confidentiality – Tax Analysts (September 23, 2015)

Additional blogs from the National Taxpayer Advocate can be found at dev.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/blog.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the National Taxpayer Advocate. The National Taxpayer Advocate is appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury and reports to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. However, the National Taxpayer Advocate presents an independent taxpayer perspective that does not necessarily reflect the position of the IRS, the Treasury Department, or the Office of Management and Budget.