The Internal Revenue Service’s Oversight Board heard about the various problems encountered by tax practitioners and taxpayers, including the shortened tax season, identity theft and tax fraud.

“We are coming off of one of the most challenging filing seasons I’ve witnessed in my many years as a tax professional,” said Lonnie Gary, chair of the Government Relations Committee at the National Association of Enrolled Agents, at Wednesday’s hearing. “While the ever increasing complexity and instability of the Tax Code provides the assurance that even a ‘good’ filing season will prove challenging, the unprecedented lateness of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 made planning impossible for many Americans and also compressed a filing season that is already all too brief.”

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