The article “Next Public Forum on taxpayer service needs and preferences to be held in Baltimore MD on May 13” was originally posted on taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov:
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson and Sen. Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, will hold a public forum to discuss what taxpayers want and need from the IRS to comply with their tax obligations.
The public forum will be held Friday, May 13, at 10:30 am at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland. Members of the public and the media are invited to attend.
Building on initiatives already implemented, the IRS for the past two years has been developing a “Future State” plan that envisions how it will operate in five years and beyond. It is continuing to develop a path for how it gets from its “Current State” to the “Future State,” including refinements to the vision along the way. A central component of the plan is the creation of online taxpayer accounts as a convenient but non-exclusive channel through which taxpayers will be able to obtain information from and interact with the IRS.
In the National Taxpayer Advocate’s 2015 Annual Report to Congress, Ms. Olson expressed concerns about whether the IRS’s “Future State” plan adequately addresses taxpayer needs. To further public awareness and dialogue, she announced plans to hold a series of public forums around the country. The objective of the public forums is to ensure the “Future State” plan will better reflect the needs and preferences of U.S. taxpayers as they seek to comply with the tax code.
The forum will feature an invited panel of representatives from the small business and local taxpayer communities, including:
- Angela Armstrong (Administrator and Founder | Animal Emergency Hospital | Bel Air, MD)
- Elizabeth Atkinson (Attorney at Law | LeClairRyan, PC | Annapolis, MD)
- Adam Crandell (Attorney at Law | Law Office of Adam N. Crandell, LLC | Baltimore, MD)
- Robin McKinney (Director and Co-founder| Maryland CASH Campaign | Baltimore, MD)
- Beverly Winstead (Director | University of Maryland Carey School of Law LITC| Winstead Law Group, LLC | Laurel, MD)
Members of the public will also have an opportunity to speak.
Local Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) staff will be available to talk with attendees about unresolved tax issues and help determine if their situation qualifies for TAS assistance. TAS generally is unable to assist taxpayers with return preparation questions, but can provide assistance to taxpayers who have already filed their returns with the IRS for the current or past years and are experiencing problems that meet its case-acceptance criteria.