IRS hosts forum for taxpayers Friday in Baltimore

Do you have concerns about how the IRS operates? A taxpayer advocate plans a forum Friday in Baltimore.

The national taxpayer advocate for the Internal Revenue Service wants to hear what taxpayers, businesses and preparers expect from the IRS during a public forum Friday in Baltimore.

Nina E. Olson, the U.S. taxpayer advocate, will lead the forum with Sen. Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Committee on Finance. It will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in Baltimore.

The forum is one step in the IRS' initiative to create a "Future State" plan looking at how the agency will operate in five years and beyond. The IRS is working toward creating online taxpayer accounts through which taxpayers can interact with the agency.

Olson has been seeking comments from taxpayers and tax professionals through a series of forums on issues such as whether they will continue to need telephone and in-person assistance.

Lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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