I don't know if it was the union protestors, stumping by the nation's independent taxpayer advocate, or, more likely, politicians holding its budget hostage -- but I was disappointed to hear the Internal Revenue Service is holding off on its plans to close dozens of Taxpayers Assistance Centers.

With every available statistic pointing to a tremendous upswing in taxpayer utilization of the Internet, the cuts seemed logical when IRS Commissioner Mark Everson laid out a case announcing the closures in May. Since then, the big reason I've kept hearing in support of keeping all of the centers open is that no one knows the impact the closures might have on taxpayer compliance.

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