Tax Chat! 01 September 2020

Registration Now Open for Tax Chat! with Professor Pasquale Pistone and Philip Baker, QC about the Observatory on Taxpayers' Rights 01 September 2020 | Noon EDT | 17:00 BST | 18:00 CEST Join Nina Olson, Executive Director of the Center for Taxpayer Rights, for the inaugual session of Tax Chat!, the Center's online series of conversations about taxpayer rights and tax administration.  Nina will be joined by Professor Pasquale Pistone and Philip Baker, QC, the co-directors of the Observatory on Taxpayers' Rights, to discuss the Observatory's most recent General and National Reports. The Observatory on the Protection of Taxpayers' Rights,…

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Amicus Curiae Briefs

The Summer of Amicus Curiae Briefs Dear friends, This issue of the Taxpayer Rights Digest finds us discussing recent activity in the U.S. courts, with filings on behalf of the Center in several cases.  Historically, because low and middle income taxpayers have no or limited resources, the impact of tax agency actions or procedures on these or small business taxpayers was not brought to the attention of the courts.  With the advent of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) movement, this trend is being reversed. The expansion of LITCs in the United States, after the enactment of a federal grant…

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International Conference on Taxpayer Rights and more …

Taxpayer Rights in Challenging Times Being an update on the International Conference on Taxpayer Rights and other Center activities Hello, all.  It has been quite some time since the last Taxpayer Rights Digest – and in so many ways the world has changed profoundly.  In this issue, I’ll cover the work the Center for Taxpayer Rights has been engaged in, advocating for the rights of taxpayers in a rapidly changing environment and economy. But first, I want to note the passing of a leader in civil and human rights, U.S. Congressman John Lewis.  Although best known for his leadership and…

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Australia’s National Tax Clinic Program

A Report on Australia's National Tax Clinic Program In this issue of the Taxpayer Rights Digest, we highlight the expansion of tax clinics to Australia.  Several years ago, an Australia Tax Office (ATO) official visited the IRS and met with me and Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) staff.  Among other issues, we discussed the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grant program that TAS administers.  The ATO official found this concept very exciting.  A year or so later, Annette Morgan, of Curtin University, visited our office with her students and we, too, discussed the clinic concept.  Well, one thing led to another and…

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Announcing the Agenda for the 5th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights!

5th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights 09.30.20 to 10.01.20 | University of Pretoria, SA This week’s digest is a quick update on a hodge-podge of topics, starting with our publication of the agenda for the 5th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights, which you can access here.  The theme of the conference is Taxpayer Rights, Human Rights: Issues for Developing Countries.  The conference’s planning committee (Annet Oguttu and Riel Franzsen of African Tax Institute, University of Pretoria; Chris Evans of University of New South Wales, Sydney; Pasquale Pistone of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, The Netherlands; Carika Fritz of University…

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Welcome to the First Issue of the Taxpayer Rights Digest

As the year (and decade) comes to a close, we want to catch everyone up on the Center for Taxpayer Rights’ activities since it first started operating on August 1, 2019.First and foremost, we’re focused on organizing the 5th International Conference on Taxpayer Rights, which will be held at the University of Pretoria, in South Africa, on 30 September and 01 October, 2020.  The African Tax Institute is hosting the event, and the Conference’s planning committee is putting the final touches on the agenda.  This year’s conference theme is Taxpayer Rights, Human Rights:  Issues for Developing Countries.  One of the…

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