Wyden Still Probing IRS Donor Disclosure Policy

Senate Finance ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig this week seeking more information about the agency’s decision last year to scrap donor disclosure rules for certain tax-exempt organizations. Among other things, Wyden and Casey want to know why the IRS’s Criminal Investigations office… Read more »

Outgoing Taxpayer Advocate Starts Nonprofit

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson will retire at the end of July after 18 years as its chief and said last week that she is forming a nonprofit outside of the government to continue to champion taxpayers’ rights. Olson spoke candidly June 21 in a tax forum hosted by New York University School of Professional… Read more »

Hearing Focuses on IRS Performance

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson gave a grim assessment of the problems facing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) during a congressional hearing this week. Unsurprisingly, Olson said the 35-day partial government shutdown that ended in late January “could not have come at a worse time for the IRS.” The agency was already facing significant challenges… Read more »

Portman Pushing IRS Overhaul Bill

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said this week he wants to “recreate the momentum” for a major overhaul of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Portman and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced bipartisan legislation last year to reform a number of IRS functions and administrative practices in order to make the agency more responsive and accountable to… Read more »

Neal Cancels Hearing After Mnuchin Declines Invite

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) canceled today’s scheduled hearing on the impact of the partial government shutdown on the upcoming tax filing season after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declined to testify. Ways and Means Democrats are concerned about the IRS’s readiness for tax season given reports that the agency plans to… Read more »