OSCPA submits comments on legislation to improve IRS

Written on Apr 06, 2018

OSCPA staff report

The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday approved a bipartisan package of 12 bills to improve IRS operations and tax administration

The Ohio Society of CPAs on April 6 submitted suggestions in response to a request from the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee on how to improve the IRS, which recently released a draft of the “Taxpayer First Act.”

The act is billed as an effort to “return the IRS back to its ‘service first’ mission.” A summary, which addresses issues raised by witnesses who testified before the subcommittee and incorporates provisions from at least 18 different bills, remains available online.

 

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  1. John | Apr 18, 2018

    Sadly, Nina Olson, US Taxpayer Advocate, tirelessly provides great feedback to Congress every year on ways to improve the IRS and it relationship with taxpayers.  Congress stupidly ignores her.  Our professional membership organizations provide common sense non-partisan recommendations and too often these are ignored.  At all levels of government we see failure after failure in delivering base levels of service (infrastructure to name one) because government gets involved in things it needs to stay out of.  Write to your US Senators and US Representative via their webpages - at a minimum it may make you feel a little better and occasionally a well-thought out response is sent in return.

    I have long advocated for the abolition of all but single filing status for individual tax returns.  The days of a two parent household with one working and one non-working spouse are becoming more uncommon (the foundation of the joint return).  Even though the concept of dependent from a deduction standpoint is gone in 2018 and thereafter its application lingers for other tax provisions.  Imagine not having to remember all of the phase-out rules that vary based on filing status and all of the definitions of a dependent - tax software might make the calculations but doesn't yet solve the definitional aspects for us.  Sure it's more tax returns for the IRS to process (for joint filers where each spouse has filing threshold income) but it should make things simpler for return preparers and taxpayers - but perhaps marginally less "fair."  Deductible items paid from or income earned on a joint account would still be addressed by current regulatory guidance in the area of MFS returns.       

            
  2. Steve Furrer | Apr 08, 2018
    Dont have any clue what the OSCPA submitted but frankly after 26 years of doing this...with over 1250 individuals reterns and over 300 corporate returns prepared out our 12 personoffice, I’m tired of 75 hour weeks...it is getting worse...not better...call me after 4/17 or not if you really want suggestions

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