September 20, 2016

Matthews Gives Dynamic Presentation at Public Forum on the IRS Future State Vision

Presenters at the Public Forum on the IRS Future State Vision (L-R): Nina Olson, Dana Goldstein, Kathy Matthews, Matt Yuskewich

In her 2015 Annual Report to Congress, Nina E. Olson, national taxpayer advocate from the Taxpayer Advocate Service in Washington, D.C. recommended that the IRS solicit comments from taxpayers and tax professionals. Olson was requesting their thoughts on the extent to which taxpayers will continue to need telephone and in-person assistance, so the “Future State” plan will better reflect taxpayers’ needs and preferences as they seek to comply with the tax code.

Public Forums to Aid in Compliance

Public forums are a part of Olson’s recommendation - a series of events around the country to seek comments and suggestions regarding what taxpayers want and need from the IRS to help them comply with their tax obligations. At the August 16 public forum in Parma, Ohio, Kathy Matthews, program director, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc, Cleveland, Ohio, joined a stellar panel that included Dana Goldstein, low income taxpayer clinic director, Community Legal Aid, Akron, Ohio; Matt Yuskewich, chair, Ohio Society of CPAs Federal Tax Legislation Policy Committee Winterset CPA Group, Inc., Columbus, Ohio and a member of the Amish community, Old Order Amish Steering Committee, Dalton, Ohio. Ms. Olson gave opening remarks to an audience of more than 60 people from outlying areas of Northeast Ohio and introduced Jim Renacci, U.S. House of Representatives, 16th District, Cleveland, Ohio. After a brief overview from Congressman Renacci, each panelist provided a presentation.

EITC Coalition to Facilitate IRS Access

Ms. Matthews commented that Enterprise Ohio has the privilege of leading the Cuyahoga Country Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition, which serves 15,000 taxpayers annually in helping them comply with their tax obligations. She went on to emphasize the importance of programs to continue for the low-income taxpayers. The EITC Coalition facilitates direct access to knowledgeable IRS representatives as a priority for the IRS as it develops the Future State program. After each of the five panelists presented, Ms. Olson facilitated questions from the audience directed to the speakers. Spirited questions went on for over 15 minutes with tremendous feedback from the audience and panelists. For copies of the presenters’ remarks, contact kmatthews@enterprisecommunity.org.

Photo: Presenters at the Public Forum on the IRS Future State Vision (L-R): Nina Olson, Dana Goldstein, Kathy Matthews, Matt Yuskewich

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