The National Taxpayer Advocate, the watchdog of the Internal Revenue Service, has singled out offers in compromise and refund anticipation loans for special focus in her menu of tax issues to address during the coming year.The "areas of emphasis" detailed in her mid-year report to Congress are critical to the IRS fulfilling its mission to U.S. taxpayers, according to NTA Nina Olson. Other areas she tagged for focus are:

* Rules governing the use or disclosure of tax return information by return preparers;

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