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FY 2014 Objectives Report to Congress and Special Report to Congress

Report Highlights


The NTA has repeatedly recommended that Congress enact a Taxpayer Bill of Rights. This Bill of Rights would act as an organizing principle for tax administrators, an educational framework for IRS employees, and a consciousness-raising document for taxpayers. It would provide a significant check and balance against government overreaching. Moreover, a foundational taxpayer bill of rights would more clearly expose the gaps in our statutory or administrative construct.

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Special Report

This year, the NTA has taken the unusual step of issuing a supplement to the Fiscal Year Objectives Report to Congress. She discusses the significant challenges the IRS faces when determining whether political activity by EOs is at permissible levels.

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“Today, the IRS is an institution in crisis. In my view, however, the real crisis is not the one generating headlines. The real crisis facing the IRS – and therefore taxpayers – is a radically transformed mission coupled with inadequate funding to accomplish that mission. As a consequence of this crisis, the IRS gives limited consideration to taxpayer rights or fundamental tax administration principles as it struggles to get its job done.”


Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate