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Taxpayer Bill of Rights and Importance of Paying Taxes

The push to have the IRS issue TABOR to clearly define a taxpayer's rights was spearheaded by the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, an independent office within the IRS, headed by the National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson. In fact, Olson in her 2013 Fiscal Year Report to Congress listed the adoption of a Taxpayer Bill of Rights as her top objective for the IRS. She articulated in her report that "[a] thematic, principle-based list of core taxpayer rights would serve as an organizing principle for tax administrators in establishing agency goals and performance measures, provide foundational principles to guide IRS employees in their dealings with taxpayers, and provide information to taxpayers to assist them in their dealings with the IRS." 1
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