Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, has taken National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson to task over her recent annual report to Congress.

In Olson’s report, she singled out a number of the Internal Revenue Service’s collection policies as needing a drastic makeover. The report suggested that the IRS make better use of collection alternatives, such as offers in compromise, recommended that Congress entirely scrap a pilot program outsourcing the collection of relatively uncomplicated back taxes to a trio of private contractors.

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