The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate invited Leslie Book, Professor of Law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, to be a panelist at the first in a series of public forums on taxpayer service on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Book, a national authority on tax procedure and issues affecting the low income taxpayer community, spoke on the first of three panels at the hearing. Joining Professor Book on the first panel, which was moderated by the National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson, was Pam Olsen, former Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy at the US Department of the Treasury.
This forum came at the recommendation of the National Taxpayer Advocate’s 2015 Annual Report to Congress. In the last two years, the IRS has been working on a plan which outlines how it will operate in five years and beyond. In the Annual Report, Nina Olson suggested that the IRS solicit comments from taxpayers and tax professionals so the plan will better reflect taxpayers’ needs and preferences as they seek to comply with the tax code.