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Last week at my other tax blog:
GOP presidential hopefuls tax plans;
IRS expands Fresh Start initiative

The guys running for president want to change the tax laws that the IRS must administer. Until then, the tax agency is making some changes of its own when it comes to working with financially-strapped taxpayers who owe money.

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Those were the topics of discussion last week at my other tax blog.

As the Republican presidential nominating primaries slogged on continued, the leading candidates -- Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum -- were trying to sway voters by offering ideas on how they would redo the tax code.

A preview: Heavy on tax-cutting rhetoric, light on specifics to pay for those cuts.

While those political panderings discussions go on, the IRS also is going forward with its Fresh Start program.

Over the last couple of years, the IRS has implemented programs and streamlined procedures to help those struggling in the weak economy. Two more Fresh Start tweaks were announced last week.

The IRS is waiving nonpayment penalties for some unemployed taxpayers. It also has made getting an installment payment plan easier for more people.

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