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Need Help From the IRS? Don’t Hold Your Breath
Posted By Tamara Lytle On January 10, 2014 @ 4:22 pm In Bulletin Today,Money & Savings | Comments Disabled
Have tax questions  or problems?
You probably shouldn’t expect much in the way of help from the IRS these days, according to the latest report  from the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the agency.
Some of the major findings:
“It is a sad state of affairs  when the government writes tax laws as complex as ours — and then is unable to answer any questions beyond ‘basic’ ones from baffled citizens who are doing their best to comply,” says National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson.
AARP Foundation, thanks to trained volunteers, helps low- and moderate-income taxpayers through a program called Tax-Aide  (888-227-7669). Dorothy K. Howe, assistant national director of the program, says Tax-Aide likely will have more taxpayers coming for help because of the IRS service reduction. Some 2.6 million people were helped last year at 6,000 Tax-Aide sites, including libraries, community centers and senior centers. Tax-Aide is free and available regardless of age or AARP membership.
“Taxpayers tell us that they have greater peace of mind and less anxiety about doing their taxes when they use AARP Foundation Tax-Aide,” Howe says, “and 97 percent say they are very satisfied with the service.”
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 latest report: http://www.taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/2013-Annual-Report/full-2013-annual-report-to-congress/
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 sad state of affairs: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/06/28/ssa-oversight-of-program-ineffective-gao-report-says-social-security/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
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