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The federal Taxpayer Advocate Service helped fewer people with Affordable Care Act premium tax credit problems in federal fiscal year 2019 than in federal fiscal year 2018.

The number of ACA premium tax credit cases fell 18% between fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019, to  3,971.

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The total number of taxpayer help cases increased 11%, to 240,777.

The number of cases involving another major federal income tax credit program, the earned income tax credit, fell 12%, to 18,691.

The office of the National Taxpayer Advocate, the official in charge of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, reported those figures in the advocate’s annual report to Congress.

Bridget Roberts, the advocate, is supposed to make sure the Taxpayer Advocate Service helps people clear up tax problems. The service has been helping taxpayers relate to the Internal Revenue Service for about 20 years.

Federal fiscal year 2019 ended Sept. 30, 2019.

Roberts and her office did not give any reasons for the drop in the number of help cases related to the ACA premium tax credit program. The program helps people pay for health coverage purchased through the ACA public exchange system.

 

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