The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel has sent the Internal Revenue Service recommendations for easing taxpayer burdens in five areas.

The panel, which was established in October 2002 as a way of improving IRS responsiveness to taxpayers needs, meet with IRS staff members in April to discuss a number of issues, and promised to provide perspectives from the viewpoint of taxpayers. In a 12-page report dated Aug. 18, the panel made the following suggestions:

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