National Taxpayer Advocate
Nina E. Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate, is the voice of the taxpayer at the IRS and before Congress. Under her leadership, the Taxpayer Advocate Service helps hundreds of thousands of taxpayers every year resolve problems with the IRS and addresses systemic issues affecting groups of taxpayers. Her Annual Report to Congress identifies the most serious problems facing taxpayers and recommends solutions. In 2015, Congress codified the provisions of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights for which Ms. Olson had long advocated, grouping the dozens of existing rights in the Internal Revenue Code into ten clear categories and requiring the IRS Commissioner to ensure employees act in accordance with those rights. Ms. Olson convened the inaugural International Conference on Taxpayer Rights in Washington, D.C in March of 2016 and recently convened the Second International Conference on Taxpayer Rights hosted by the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) in Vienna, Austria, on March 13 and 14. More than 160 government officials, scholars and practitioners from over 40 countries around the world gathered to explore how taxpayer rights globally serve as the foundation for effective tax administration. Ms. Olson has received widespread recognition for her work on behalf of taxpayers. In 2017, she received the American Bar Association Section of Taxation’s Distinguished Service Award and the Jules Ritholz Memorial Merit Award for outstanding dedication, achievement, and integrity in the field of civil and criminal tax controversies. Tax Analysts honored Nina Olson as one of ten outstanding women in tax from over 300 nominations in 2016. The award recognized Ms. Olson as a global tax pioneer, influencing tax administration and policy on a global scale. Ms. Olson is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and North Carolina Central School of Law, and she holds a Master of Laws degree in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.