Taxpayer Rights, On and Off-Shore: The 2013 Taxpayer Advocate's Report to Congress

Allison Christians

McGill University - Faculty of Law

January 22, 2014

Tax Notes International, 2014

In the 2013 National Taxpayer Advocate's Report to Congress, two concerns take center stage: the need for greater protection of taxpayer rights, and the increasing pressure on the system created by the U.S. tax regime’s extraterritorial reach. Neither of these issues is new; indeed, the NTA has repeatedly attempted to raise awareness of each over several years. But the Report demonstrates that these two concerns are on a collision course, and impact looks imminent for 2014 as the US doubles down on long under-enforced jurisdictional claims over nonresidents with US nationality or legal status. The basic impracticality of finding and claiming nonresidents with US ties is compounded by the violation of internationally recognized tax jurisdiction norms, creating an unsustainable enforcement rift that directly challenges the voluntarism theme that Olsen views as key to the fiscal system as a whole.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 5

Keywords: taxation, tax policy, taxpayer rights, fairness, equity, human rights, international taxation, citizenship, nationality

JEL Classification: H11, H21, H87, F02, F50, F53, F59, Z13, E63, H2, K33, K34, N40, P45

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Date posted: January 28, 2014  

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Christians, Allison, Taxpayer Rights, On and Off-Shore: The 2013 Taxpayer Advocate's Report to Congress (January 22, 2014). Tax Notes International, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2383432

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