Koskinen: IRS Crackdown on Offshore Evasion an Issue of Fairness

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Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen released a new Taxpayer Bill of Rights and vowed to keep working to combat budget cuts that he said could hurt the agency's ability to provide service.
Speaking at a June 10 news conference shared with National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, Koskinen said the 10-item Bill of Rights is intended as a “cornerstone document” to provide the nation's taxpayers with a better understanding of their rights.
All 10 items already are in the tax code, but “we believe the time is right to highlight and showcase these rights for people to see,” Koskinen said.
The IRS commissioner said he is releasing the document at a critical time, with funding cuts reducing the agency's capacity to answer calls, handle taxpayer correspondence, and help taxpayers in person. The agency has lost more than $850 million in funding—about 7 percent—since 2010, Koskinen said, impacting the IRS's ability to provide a fundamental taxpayer right to quality service.
“I will continue making the case to Congress that the IRS needs adequate resources in order to properly serve taxpayers,” he said.

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