National Taxpayer Advocate Reviews 2015 Tax Season, Identifies Priority Areas and Challenges in Mid-Year Report to Congress

National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA) Nina E. Olson released her mid-year report to Congress, identifying the priority issues the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will address during the upcoming fiscal year. The priorities include the IRS’s long-term strategic planning, tax-related identity theft and administration of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The report also presents highlights of the recently concluded 2015 tax filing season.

The report says the IRS ran a generally successful filing season under difficult circumstances. “With funding down about 17 percent on an inflation-adjusted basis since FY 2010, and with the IRS having had to implement large portions of the ACA and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) this year without any supplemental funding, sharp declines in taxpayer service were inevitable,” Olson wrote. However, the report says: “For the majority of taxpayers who filed their returns and did not require IRS assistance, the filing season was generally successful. For the segment of taxpayers who required help from the IRS, the filing season was by far the worst in memory.”

The report notes the IRS answered only 37 percent of taxpayer calls routed to customer service representatives overall, and the hold time for taxpayers who got through averaged 23 minutes. This level of service represents a sharp drop-off from the 2014 filing season, when the IRS answered 71 percent of its calls and hold times averaged 14 minutes. Moreover, the number of “courtesy disconnects” received by taxpayers calling the IRS skyrocketed from about 544,000 in 2014 to about 8.8 million this filing season, an increase of more than 1,500 percent. The term “courtesy disconnect” is used when the IRS essentially hangs up on a taxpayer because its switchboard is overloaded and cannot handle additional calls.

Olson noted that the decline in taxpayer service imposes increased compliance burdens on taxpayers and may lead to erosion in taxpayer trust. “For a tax system that relies on voluntary self-assessment by its taxpayers, none of this bodes well,” she wrote. “In fact, there is a real risk that the inability of taxpayers to obtain assistance from the government, and their consequent frustration, will lead to less voluntary compliance and more enforced compliance.”

The report attributes the decline in taxpayer service levels to the reduction in IRS funding and reiterates the Advocate’s longstanding view that the IRS requires additional funding to meet taxpayer service needs. OIson commends the IRS for undertaking development of a new concept of operations that aims to establish a vision for where the IRS should be in five years. However, Olson expresses concern that the IRS continues to view itself primarily as an enforcement agency, with taxpayer service receiving less emphasis. “It should be emphasized that more than 98 percent of all tax revenue collected by the IRS is paid voluntarily and timely. Less than two percent is collected through enforcement action,” the report says. “Thus, increasing enforced collection would be a hollow victory if voluntary compliance declines because of decreasing taxpayer service and the attendant loss of good will.”

The report also discusses the growing impact of identity theft. In recent years, taxpayers and the IRS have been victimized by identity thieves who use stolen identity information to file fraudulent returns to try to obtain someone else’s tax refund. In each of calendar years 2013 and 2014, the IRS received about 730,000 identity theft cases with taxpayer impact, and over the last three fiscal years, TAS has received an average of about 52,000 identity theft cases a year. The report says a primary focus for TAS during the upcoming year will be to recommend improvements and alternative approaches to reduce the time it takes to achieve complete and accurate resolution of identity theft cases from the victim’s perspective.

The report also notes the most significant new challenge the IRS faced during the 2015 filing season was tax return processing reflecting two central provisions of the ACA – the Premium Tax Credit and the Individual Shared Responsibility Payment (ISRP). The report credits the IRS with doing a commendable job implementing those provisions, including by developing or updating information technology systems, issuing guidance and working with other federal agencies.

The report also identifies nine other areas of focus for the upcoming year, describes TAS’s efforts to improve its advocacy for and service to taxpayers, summarizes pending TAS research initiatives, and provides an update on TAS’s efforts to implement an integrated technology system.

Volume 2 of the report contains the IRS’s responses to the administrative recommendations the NTA made in her 2014 Annual Report to Congress, along with additional TAS comments. Overall, the report made 93 administrative recommendations. The IRS says it has implemented, is implementing, or will implement 45 of the recommendations, although its agreement to do so is contingent on resources in some cases.

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ezAccounting 2015 Business Software Has Been Updated To Pay Several Invoices At Once

Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 12, 2015

Customer’s utilizing ezAccounting business software from can now utilize software updates in the latest version. The enhancement includes a way for businesses to pay several invoices at one time, saving valuable time and effort. The new version was released on April 23, 2015 to assist small to mid-size businesses streamline the company.

“ has just released a new version of ezAccounting Software to include paying several invoices at one time.” Said Dr. Ge, the founder of

EzAccounting software is designed to help small businesses take control of business finance. This is a stand-alone software application so it does not require the internet to be utilized. The software’s graphical interface leads customers step-by-step through setting up company, adding customers, processing orders, accepting payments and handling employee payroll tasks. New customers can download and try this software with no obligation or cost at

ezAccounting is an in-house payroll accounting solution for small to mid-sized businesses. 4 main software functions include:

Getting Paid-

Generate Estimate, Invoice, Receipt and Packing Slip

Receive Payments

Track Sales

Refund and Credit

Paying Others-

Add Bills

Pay Bills

Write Checks on Blank Stock

Track Expense

Payroll Center-

Calculate Payroll taxes

Print Paychecks with Stubs on Blank Stock

Print Tax Forms W2, W3, 940 and 941

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Balance Sheet

Profit and Loss

ezAccounting is an in- house payroll accounting solution for small to mid-sized businesses. Priced at $ 149, ezAccounting business application is affordable for any new or seasoned business owner. Customers seeking a way to simplify business operations are welcome to start the no obligation 30-day test drive today at:


Founded in 2003, has established itself as a leader in meeting and exceeding the software requirements of small businesses around the world. Offering payroll software, accounting software, employee attendance tracking software, check writing/printing software, W2 software, 1099 software and ezACH deposit software. It continues to grow in the philosophy that small business owners deserve affordable, user-friendly, and risk-free software.

T.E.N. Announces Nominees for 2015 ISE� Central Awards

ATLANTA, GA (PRWEB) March 24, 2015

T.E.N., a technology and information safety exec networking and relationship-marketing company, revealed these days the nominees vying for 2015 Information protection Executive® and Project of the season Awards in the Central U.S. Region. Professionals feature top-ranking decision makers representing national to worldwide companies in retail, healthcare, meals and company solutions; and tasks include large-scale technology endeavors that address dilemmas of identity and access management, cyber safety, supplier risk management, company resilience, biometrics as well as other key business difficulties.

Executives Nominees:

Philip Beyer, Director, Information Security, The Advisory Board Business

Mike Coogan, Director, Ideas Security & CISO, Spend Control

Elliott Franklin, Director, IT Safety, Whataburger Restaurants

Vickie Miller, Chief Suggestions Protection Officer, FICO

Scott Pettigrew, Chief Security Officer, HMS

Kevin Richardson, Chief Security Officer, Stage Stores

Executive nominees are also qualified to receive the ISE® Central People’s possibility Award, which given to the utmost effective prospect chosen by colleagues inside protection industry. Cast your vote by April 3 because of this year’s winner; go to:

Project Nominees:

Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care System of Michigan, Insider Threat/B-Security Program

Blue-cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan, Wellness Information Privacy and Safety Program

Blue-cross Blue Shield Blue Care System of Michigan, HITRUST Framework Integration Project

Blue-cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan, Supplier Risk Control Program

CNA, Safety Convergence Initiative

Energy Future Holdings, Identity Access Management and Privileged Account Management

GE Coal And Oil, Project SAND

HMS, Company Resilience Program

The Ohio State University, Information Security Framework Phase 1

Phase Shops, Multi-layered Cybersecurity Initiative

Texas CISO Council, Suggestions Security System Essentials

USAA, Biometric Logon for Cellphone App

Spend Management, Following Generation Identity and Access Management

“We have a fantastic selection of nominees for the 2015 ISE® Central Awards,” said T.E.N. CEO & President Marci McCarthy. “We are specially impressed with all the breath and scope of whatever they have carried out. We’re excited to commemorate their success.”

The ISE® Central Awards know professionals and tasks, which have made an optimistic impact on their businesses through danger management, data-asset defense, regulating compliance, privacy and information security. Nominations are sent to T.E.N.’s distinguished panel of ISE® judges for analysis and rating.

Judges consist of:

James Beeson, Chief Ideas Safety Officer, GE Capital

Eric Fisch, Sr. Vice President, Suggestions Protection, Tx Capital Bank

Scott Howitt, Vice-president and Chief Suggestions Security Officer JCPenney

Shammyangu Rana, Director, Managed Safety Providers, Compucom Inc.

Chris Ray, Chief Suggestions Protection Officer, Epsilon

All nominees is supposed to be recognized within ISE® Central Executive Forum and Awards on 7, 2015 at the Sheraton Downtown resort in Dallas, Tx. Finalists and champions are launched on awards gala that evening and recognized through press protection and addition regarding the T.E.N. and ISE® web pages. The function is created feasible by kilobyte sponsors, Courion, NetIQ, Tenable Network Security and ThreatTrack protection; and show sponsors, Bromium, Click protection, Intralinks, Novetta, Palerra, Seculert, Tripwire, Tufin and Wombat. Read more on the web:

About T.E.N.

T.E.N., a national technology and protection professional networking business, facilitates peer-to-peer connections between top executives, business visionaries and solutions providers. Nominated for many business honors, T.E.N.’s executive management programs make it possible for information trade, collaboration and decision-making. Its flagship system, the nationally-acclaimed Information protection Executive® (ISE®) of the season system show and Awards, is North America’s biggest leadership recognition and networking program for protection specialists. Other offerings through the ISE® Lions’ Den and Jungle Lounge, T.E.N. Personalized products additionally the ISE® Industry Expert Advisory Services, empowering IT solutions providers to achieve accessibility very credentialed IT business veterans’ expertise. For information, visit

About ISE® Award Program Series

For longer than a decade, the Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the season Award Program Series has empowered protection professionals and their particular project teams to Connect, Collaborate and Celebrate. Named a’s many prestigious IT Security prize system, it’s get to be the most expected honor program for safety executives and their project teams. Champions have included executives and task groups from leading organizations including Nike, The Walt Disney business, the usa Postal Service, Schlumberger, Tx Instruments, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Equifax, Comcast, PayPal, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Nationwide.

Our distinguished ISE® Judges are past nominees representing a cross-section of sectors, including commercial, government, medical care and academic sectors. For this reason, the ISE® Awards represent a accomplishments of the year as assessed by those considered the industry’s most influential and effective idea frontrunners. In conjunction with a one or two-day executive summit, the ISE® honors take place around the world and Canada in significant metropolitan areas including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, ny and san francisco bay area. The ISE® Awards plan Series has already reached above 10,000 professionals across an easy number of industries and has been a major impact in executives’ professions, knowledge sharing, while the growth of peer-to-peer relationships.

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Organic Growers class Spring Conference to collect Farmers, Gardeners, and Foodies in Asheville, NC March 7-8, 2015

Asheville, NC (PRWEB) December 22, 2014

The Organic Growers class will draw over 2000 gardeners, farmers, and foodies to Asheville for a week-end of workshops planned for March 7 and 8, 2015 in the University of North Carolina-Asheville in Asheville, NC. The yearly event functions courses for beginning backyard growers to advanced level commercial farmers, plus a trade program, seed exchange, hushed auction, children’s system, and pre-conference, on-farm activities. The greatest locally-run sustainability conference in Southeast, the fee is: $ 45 for Saturday, forty dollars for Sunday (Early Bird Registration by January 30, 2015). Registration is one more $ 15 after January 30th at the doorway. Enter on line at, or demand a mailed enrollment type: meredith(at)organicgrowersschool(dot)org or (828) 668.2127.

The event, which will be open to the public, provides useful, regionally-appropriate workshops on natural growing, permaculture, homesteading, metropolitan agriculture, and rural lifestyle. This year’s seminar offers 70 sessions each day in themed paths including Gardening, Soils, Livestock, Primitive Skills, Permaculture, Herbs, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Forestry, Homesteading, Cooking, Poultry, Farmers I and Farmers II. Brand new tracks for 2015 consist of Mushrooms and Food Resilience. A whole a number of the courses can be seen on the site at

Living internet Farms is a sponsor of this occasion, headlining the pre-conference tasks and March 7th keynote address with unique guest and world-renowned earth biologist Dr. Elaine Ingham. Over the course of the weekend, residing Web staff and lovers will instruct classes on composting, no-till farming, and compost tea. “this will be one of the highlights of our academic year,” states residing internet Farms Director, Patryk Battle, who’ll show No-Till Vegetable Gardening courses in the March occasion. “We feel honored become bringing Dr. Ingham, who’s a hero inside farm stewardship globe.”

Dr. Ingham’s keynote address, “how to handle it About Science and Farming”, will concentrate on the crossroads of science and holistic land management. Dr. Ingham will speak from her personal and expert experience, handling the possibilities and challenges farmers face marrying reductionist systematic evaluation with system-wide ecosystem management.

Dr. Elaine Ingham is a soil microbiologist and founder and president of Soil Foodweb, Inc., a business that can help farmers all over the world develop much more resilient plants by understanding and increasing soil life. The past three decades Dr. Ingham has actually focused on the earth and its own lifestyle organisms and providing sustainable solutions for keeping soil wellness. She shares her knowledge in an easy to comprehend means and has now worked with every person from vegetable farmers, to cattle graziers, to nursery providers. Dr. Ingham attained the woman PhD from Colorado State University in 1981.

Meredith Leigh, who has been matching the meeting for 10 years, claims “This may be the very first year that people are selling a keynote target in the Spring Conference. Folks Have already been requesting it and we also tend to be excited becoming offering a great presenter with both a global point of view and particular local programs.”

Through the entire week-end, additionally there are half-day, hands-on workshops with smaller numbers of individuals that host local instructions. These half-day courses cost $ 10 each and focus on do-it-yourself subjects:

    Can-Do, Effortless Canning with Nan Chase, Author
    Garden Fresh Wine Making with DeNeice Guest, Author
    Gorgeous is likely to body: Crafting Herbal Skincare items with Asia Temple, Temple Aesthetics Sacred Skin Care
    The fundamentals of All-natural Dyes with Kelly Gaskill & Lindsay Warf
    Naalbiding: Primitive Fabric Making with Miranda Heidler
    The skill of Making Miso with Liat Batshira, Fermentation Wizard
    Getting Started in Beekeeping with Shane Gebauer, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm
    Container Making with Louise Langsner, Country Workshops
    Target Archery with Alexandra Tait, Artemis Archery Asheville
    Small system Maintenance & Repair with Janson Bowman & Shawn Swartz, Warren Wilson College
    Six ins of Soil in Six Months with Six Hundred Thousand Bugs with John Moody, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
    Soap Making with Beth Herdman, Dancing Woods Farm

The 2015 Spring Conference will feature these interesting programs:

The 11th annual Children’s Program for young ones ages 7 to 12 which is targeted on the necessity of the environment and alternate power sources. This monitored full-day occasion is ready to accept young ones centuries 4-12 yrs . old, with a registration limitation of 40 kiddies. Young ones will explore the environment through many hands-on activities concerning plants, animals, pests, and food. Expense is $ 30 per child a day.

Pre-Conference, On-Farm Workshops on Friday March 6th which can be a good way for growers to include knowledge and hands-on knowledge. Sessions feature:

Better Soil Ecology for Better agriculture, with special guest Dr. Elaine Ingham

Spend mid-day with world-renowned soil biologist Elaine Ingham who’ll address salient, real-life types of earth dynamism and instructions on how best to fine tune soil nutritional elements for specific crops. Ingham will speak and journey residing Web Farms’ forced-air compost containers and compost tea functions besides the intensively cropped, no-till vegetable procedure. Participants will hear tales about farmers who will be suppressing weeds with proper earth biology as well as those using compost tea and microbe-rich solutions to increase yields and suppress conditions.

Producing a renewable Homestead Flock of Poultry with Jim Adkins, Steve Pope, & Nathan Freeman, lasting Poultry Network

Figure out how to elevate your very own chicken flock at Franny’s Farm where in fact the whole process happens: breeding, hatching, developing, butchering and marketing! The course will cover everything you need to understand including: determine the poultry type that most useful suits your farm; learn to brood, correctly give & develop poultry, standard husbandry, condition control, plus the principles of handling &cooking. Join these sustainable chicken experts when it comes to A-Z of homestead chicken-farming and you’ll be down and running in no time.

This occasion has grown exponentially, from a tiny gathering of 100 developing lovers in 1993 to a regionally recognized meeting attracting over 2000 attendees, exhibitors and speakers. “Some of our speakers, whom taught their top class at OGS, are actually taking a trip the entire world and teaching. All of them say that there surely is hardly any other event quite like the Organic Growers class Spring meeting,” claims Leigh, just who adds “this conference is a long-standing tradition of the very finest in local knowledge.”

With a myriad of helpful topics taught because of the best teachers in the area, the four class slot machines a day hardly appears like enough time to match it all in. Thankfully some courses tend to be repeated on both Saturday and Sunday, for lots more chance to catch the favorite sessions. A sampling of courses includes: Starting very first Vegetable Garden, Pickling in your home Kitchen, Making Herbal Cocktails, imaginative Watering when it comes to outdoors, Vermicomposting, Aquaculture, Passive Solar Design , Backyard BioChar, Organic control over the noticed Wing Drosophila, Helpful Mushrooms of this Southern Appalachians, Food spend, Real-life Forest Gardening and agriculture, conventional Chinese Herbal Medicine, Raising Pawpaws, Farming with Draft Horses, Permaculture for kids, and more!

While the biggest grassroots seminars of its sort in the region, The Organic Growers School has actually served to bolster Western vermont’s role as a local leader in lasting meals and farming. Attendees originate from 18 says and Canada, while having described the big event as a ritualistic kick start towards the growing season, as well as “a peeling from winter months,” based on regional attendee, Lara Ladendorf.

Extra long-standing practices within OGS Spring meeting weekend are the following:

1.    The Tradeshow, which showcases many exhibitors and products: neighborhood farms, gardening vendors, and cottage companies that focus on organic products, books and resources for organic growers and Permaculture professionals, and lots of non-profit businesses with info on associated topics. (a complete variety of exhibitors is from the natural Growers School website and it is updated regularly.)

2.    The Silent Auction, that’ll run on Saturday March 7th, giving members the chance to bid on things donated by associated businesses, particularly organic homecare, garden and farm tools, fertilizers, books, garments, plus. Proceeds from the auction go straight to encouraging natural Growers School educational projects for farmers and consumers alike. Those contemplating donating to the auction should contact meredith(at)organicgrowersschool(dot)org.

3.    The Seed and Plant Exchange booth is open through the week-end and provides us the chance to preserve hereditary variety and protect regionally adapted varieties. Attendees may deliver extra seeds and little flowers to talk about, barter, or trade. Seed preserving supplies and recommended readings will be supplied.

The main sponsors of the 22nd Annual Organic Growers class are Carolina Farm Credit, with additional sponsorship support from hill Rose Herbs, Johnny’s Seeds, Countryside Organics, Earthineer, Earth Tools, Fifth Season Gardening Co., French wide Food Coop, Reems Creek Nursery & Landscaping, Mountain Xpress, Biltmore, Asheville Citizen circumstances, Chelsea Green Publishing, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, Nourish & Flourish, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Helpful flowers Nursery, nature Information Fair, regional Flavor Asheville, IWANNA, Ashevillage, Central Carolina Community College, Nature’s NOG, Blue Ridge BioFuels, WNCW, Thyme in the Garden, WNC girl, Hendersonville Community Coop, WCQS, WNC girl, OMRI, natural Fest, and United states Herbalist Guild.

The cost for all-day conference is $ 45 on Saturday and $ 40 on Sunday for individuals who pre-register by February first by midnight. Registration for Children’s plan is $ 30. Another $ 15 is charged for registration after February 1st or in the door, totaling $ 60 for Saturday and $ 55 for Sunday. Subscription the half-day hands-on workshops and cooking classes is another, differing charge per workshop and requires pre-registration.

The OGS Spring Conference is arranged yearly by the Organic Growers class INC, a 501(c)3 non-profit company with a mission to inspire, educate, and support visitors to farm, garden, and live naturally. Organic Growers School may be the top provider of useful organic education in Southern Appalachians. OGS envisions a mutually supporting system of prosperous farmers, productive gardeners and informed customers engaged in producing healthy communities.

The Organic Growers class is a 501c3 non-profit organization that grew out of the volunteer efforts of a group of farmers and extension specialists whom, in 1993, gathered to talk about the necessity for nuts and bolts, region-specific crop growing information relevant for farmers in Western North Carolina. Out of this meeting, the Spring meeting came to be, along side a mission to produce practical details about organic agriculture at a reasonable price.

Interested participants may register on-line at, or demand a mailed subscription form from meredith(at)organicgrowersschool(dot)org or (828) 668-2127. Registration forms are also available at area outlets like world Fare, Greenlife Grocery, other sponsor’s retail stores, and location Cooperative Extension offices.

The Organic Growers class is happy to supply over 150 possibilities for individuals to wait the conference by way of a work trade program. People contemplating obtaining work exchange/volunteer standing should look at the OGS internet site, and fill out an application. Changes tend to be filled on a primary come, first-served foundation.

All the other inquiries: Contact Coordinator Meredith Leigh at meredith(at)organicgrowersschool(dot)org or telephone call (828) 668-2127

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