Taxpayer Bill of Rights: Your Rights When Dealing with the IRS


If you are unsure about your rights when communicating with the IRS, today is your lucky day. At long last, the IRS has issued a Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The IRS has shortlisted 10 fundamental rights to help taxpayers know and understand their rights when dealing with the IRS. These 10 rights are:

1.     The Right to Be Informed
2.     The Right to Quality Service
3.     The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax
4.     The Right to Challenge the IRSs Position and Be Heard
5.     The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum
6.     The Right to Finality
7.     The Right to Privacy
8.     The Right to Confidentiality
9.     The Right to Retain Representation
10.  The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System



You, as a taxpayer, have the right to receive information from the IRS in clear and simple terms so that you understand your tax situation fully. The IRS must also be polite and courteous to you in all their communications.

The IRS is bound by rules. In case of back taxes, you have the right to pay the correct amount of taxes and no more. It is important that you make sure your tax liability is calculated correctly, so that, if necessary, you can correct the IRSs estimate of your tax debt. It is also your right to be informed about the deadline you have to fulfill the IRSs conditions. If you disagree with the IRS on something, you have the right to challenge their claims, and also appeal their decisions in an independent forum.

When you share information with the IRS, you have the right to expect the IRS to keep it confidential. That being said, you should understand under what circumstances certain information (such as a lien) may be made public.

When dealing with the IRS, you have the right to choose any tax representative. If you cannot afford to hire a service, you can get assistance from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.

You have the right to a fair tax system where the IRS considers your unique circumstances and help you to resolve your tax problem. You can get assistance from the Taxpayer Advocate Service if you are experiencing financial difficulty or if the IRS has not resolved your tax issue properly or within a reasonable amount of time.


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