IRS Tax File: Your Rights as a Taxpayer

As a taxpayer, the congress has given you some rights that the IRS must recognize. I believe it is important to inform you of those rights. My goal in this post is for you to understand these rights, which enable you both to meet your tax responsibilities and still maintain your financial dignity, so that you may support yourself and your family.

Tax Payer Bill of Rights

  1. The Right to be Informed

You have the right to know all laws, IRS procedures, instructions, notices, and correspondence to comply with tax laws.

  1. The Right to Quality Service

You have the right to receive prompt and courteous assistance when dealing with the IRS. Communications should be clear and easily understandable.

  1. The Right to pay no more than the correct amount of Tax

You have the right to only pay the amount legally due. Check your IRS tax transcript(s) often.

  1. The Right to challenge the IRS’s position and be heard

You have the right to raise objections and provide additional documentation in response to IRS actions. You should also know that they must consider your position before a final outcome is decided.

  1. The Right to appeal an IRS decision in an independent forum

You are entitled to a fair and impartial administrative appeal of most IRS decisions. Generally, you have a right to take your case to court if the tax issue or the amount owed is too egregious.

  1. The Right to Finality

You have the right to know the amount of time you have to challenge the IRS’s position, as well as, the timeframe that the IRS has to audit a particular tax year. You also should be informed when the IRS has completed an audit.

  1. The Right to Privacy

The IRS must not be more intrusive than necessary with its dealings with you.

  1. The Right to Confidentiality

The information provided to the IRS should never be disclosed unless you have given them authorization to do so.

  1. The Right to retain Representation

You do not have the take on the IRS alone. One of the services I offer is IRS Tax Representation. Call me, Jack, if you need any assistance with dealing with the IRS.

  1. The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System

You should expect our tax system to consider all facts and circumstances that may affect your ability to pay, or ability to provide information on time. If your dealings with the IRS are going nowhere, or even if it seems lost in the IRS bureaucracy, you may qualify for assistance from the Taxpayer Advocate Service.

I have been a private businessman in the metro Louisville area for 40 years. I base my reputation on being the very best accountant possible for my clients and providing my services to them at reasonable fees. Please do not hesitate to contact me at 502-327-8009 if you need any tax audit help, IRS tax representation, or overall tax help.

Source: Publication 1 (rev.12-2014) Catalog Number 64731W Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service 

IRS Tax File

IRS tax file