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For four decades, Dan Pilla has been the nation’s leader in taxpayers’ rights defense and IRS abuse prevention and cure.

Regarded as one of the country’s premiere experts in IRS procedures, he has helped countless thousands of citizens solve personal and business tax problems they thought might never be solved.

As the author of eleven books, dozens of research reports and hundreds of articles, Dan’s work is regularly featured on radio and television as well as in major newspapers, leading magazines and trade publications nation-wide. Dan is a frequent guest on major talk radio programs where he is heard by millions of people each year.

His fast-paced interviews provide hard hitting answers to even the toughest questions. His many media appearances include CNN, CBS, CNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, the CBS Radio Network, the USA Radio Network and many others. His books have been recommended by prominent magazines and financial publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Money, Family Circle, Investor’s Business Daily and more.

Dan has written or contributed to major articles for Reader’s Digest, National Review, Reason, USA Today Magazine and others. The Associated Press once commented that "Dan Pilla probably knows more about the IRS than the commissioner." The Wall Street Journal ranked Dan's book, The IRS Problem Solver, as the number one tax book in America. He authored Chapter 9 on Federal Tax Policy in the 4th edition of The Patriot's Tool Box (Heartland Institute, 2017)

Dan was a consultant to the National Commission on Restructuring the IRS. He works with numerous public policy research institutes and presented testimony to Congress on several occasions. His testimony to the Senate Finance Committee blew the lid off IRS abuse and led to many new taxpayers’ rights and protections. He is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.

Watch two of his most-recent presentations at The Heartland Institute below:

November 2017


April 2017


Recent Articles and Publications

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January 26, 2021
By Dan Pilla
Wyden, one of the most liberal U.S. senators and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, wrote a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig
November 18, 2019
By Dan Pilla
Anyone who deals with the IRS on a regular basis knows that the agency is in trouble: IRS employees are less able than ever to effectively and efficiently handle their work.
April 10, 2018
By Dan Pilla
On the heels of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Minnesota’s Governor Mark Dayton is proposing to fund at least part of his $46 billion, two-year budget proposal with about $320 million of state tax increases.
February 27, 2018
By Dan Pilla
Democratic governors from New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Connecticut claim they will sue the federal government over the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
December 8, 2016
By Dan Pilla
Dan Pilla – the author of 14 books and one of the nation’s leading experts on taxpayer rights and the Internal Revenue Service – unpacks the tax reform plan unveiled on the campaign trail by President-elect Donald Trump.
August 8, 2012
By Dan Pilla
In this Heartland policy brief, Dan Pilla asserts that unless there is a substantial change in leadership in Washington in the next election, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will go into effect as planned. The U.S.
November 2, 2010
By Dan Pilla
This booklet focuses on the federal income tax, since this tax collects by far the most revenue and affects the most people in the United States.

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