Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Nina Olson Has Devoted Her Career to Protecting Taxpayer Rights:

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Nina Olson has been a staunch advocate for taxpayers for more than 30 years.

In her latest of several significant endeavors, she founded and serves as executive director of the Center for Taxpayer Rights, a nonprofit corporation in Washington, D.C., that advances taxpayer rights in the United States and internationally.

As part of her work, she promotes pro bono representation for low-income taxpayers who are involved in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. She calls for systemic change by submitting amicus curiae briefs in federal and state tax cases and by educating government officials and the public about tax procedure and taxpayer rights.

Olson, a longtime member of the ABA Section of Taxation and past chair of its Low Income Taxpayers Committee, also works closely with her colleagues to implement initiatives that help taxpayers in need.

The Inmate Tax Assistance Project, a collaboration between the Tax Section and Center for Taxpayer Rights, assists incarcerated and recently released taxpayers who are eligible for stimulus payments. Olson says they still want pro bono volunteers for this phase and for later representation, which could include handling audits or Tax Court proceedings.

“It was the ABA Tax Section that provided me opportunities to meet people, to learn things, to work on projects,” says Olson, who received its Distinguished Service Award in 2017 and Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award in 2019. “It’s extraordinary, their leadership on pro bono work and low-income issues, and it’s made the tax system so much more equitable.”

ABA Journal, Nina Olson Has Devoted Her Career to Protecting Taxpayer Rights:

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