The Taxpayer Advocacy Panels is an advisory group composed of 101 citizen volunteers, and they have just issued their annual report with numerous recommendations to the IRS.
They have suggested the IRS permit taxpayers to “lock” their accounts when the taxpayer has no filing requirement for the current year. This “lock” is expected to assist taxpayers avoid identity theft.
The IRS has endorsed this suggestion and is also considering an adjustment to Form 9452 that individuals would use to notify the IRS to block usage of their Social Security numbers.
Also recommended were improved instructions regarding representation by grandparents and grandchildren for tax matters, user-friendly services for senior citizens, e-services that provide access to estimated tax payments and other credits. They further suggested clarification of instructions that would permit domestic partners to improve accuracy in reporting state tax return refunds.
All of these suggestions remain under consideration. At some point in the future they could become a reality.
Tax Wisdom – The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it’s just sort of a tired feeling.
– Paula Poundstone