Joining an increasingly loud chorus, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson released her annual report to Congress, designating the alternative minimum tax and the federal tax gap as the most serious problems facing taxpayers.Olson also reserved a healthy dose of the 80-page-report’s scorn for concerns about the Internal Revenue Service’s collection policies and the transparency of IRS information to the tax-paying public.

The National Taxpayer Advocate is required to identify at least 20 of the most serious problems encountered by taxpayers every year. Seven of the most serious problems discussed in this year’s report relate to IRS collection policies.

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