Washington -- In her annual report to Congress, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson outlined a series of serious problems affecting taxpayers including the Alternative Minimum Tax, more aggressive enforcement and the need for thorough research on tax initiatives.

Olson said most importantly, Congress must address the increasing scope of the AMT, which is estimated to reach some 32 million filers within six years, which she fears will lead to lower compliance levels.

She also exhorted the IRS to crack down on its regulation of paid preparers claiming that the agency cannot overlook issues of competency.

Toward that end Olson proposed that the Treasury and the IRS create a joint task force to study and research what she termed “problematic paid preparer behavior.”

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