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Liens, levies against taxpayers rise sharply

Some very interesting quotes from this article include the following:

  1. When taxpayers call the IRS, they typically speak with a customer service representative who is trained to respond to general questions. “They are not tax experts,” Harrison said.
  2. In Olson’s 2010 report to Congress, she (the taxpayer advocate) said the IRS receives “a staggering” 110 million calls a year and was unable to answer more than 25 percent of those calls.
  3. She said the IRS cannot process on a timely basis more than 11 million pieces of taxpayer correspondence it receives each year. The situation leads to erroneous tax assessments and improper collection actions, Olson said.
  4. To file a lien or claim against someone’s property, an individual or company must file a lawsuit against the person owing money and go to court. The IRS can file a lien without filing suit or going before a judge.

Read the full article here:  http://www2.timesdispatch.com/business/2011/feb/20/tdmony01-liens-levies-against-taxpayers-rise-sharp-ar-854815/

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