Do IRS Tactics Harm Taxpayers?


According to National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olsen’s annual report to Congress, when the IRS fles liens against taxpayers, it results in damage to the credit standing of these taxpayers thereby jeopardizing their application for jobs, credit, insurance and rental housing. Olsen further concludes that by using these strong-arm tactics, the IRS is actually reducing the country’s coffers in the long run.

The National Taxpayer Advocate is responsible for resolving problems taxpayers have with the IRS, among other things. Olsen was quoted as saying, “By fling a lien against a taxpayer with no money and no assets, the IRS often collects nothing, yet it inficts long-term harm on the taxpayer by making it harder for him to get back on his feet when he does get a job.”

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