The "distinction between 'real' and 'unreal' audits has real-world consequences that impact taxpayer rights, including the right to challenge the IRS’s position and be heard." (Photo: Shutterstock)

Consumers seem to have fewer problems with Affordable Care Act tax rules these days, but consumers who do have ACA tax problems may end up drifting through procedural fog.

Nina Olson, the country’s national taxpayer advocate, talks about what she sees as Internal Revenue Service abuse of “unreal audits,” or audit-like examinations conducted outside of the formal IRS audit framework, in a new annual report she prepared for Congress.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.

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