A Guide to the IRS Taxpayer Bill of Rights
As a United States (US) citizen, you are obligated to file your annual taxes. Whether you are working or unemployed, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires US taxpayers to report their annual income. If for some reason you find that you are in a situation with the IRS regarding any type of tax issues, it is important for you to understand that you are entitled to certain rights. This is referred to as the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.
Here is a list of your rights as a taxpayer:
You Have the Right to Be Informed
It is your right to know exactly what is going on with your IRS account. Many taxpayers may not even realize that they have an account. Chances are if you have worked in the US, then the IRS has a file on you. This may sound a little intimidating, but its actually quite normal. This is just the IRS’s way of keeping track of their federal budget. It’s nothing personal.
However, if the IRS takes issue with your annual tax filings, it is required of them to communicate that to you. They cannot legally take extreme action against your finances without informing you by letter. This is when it is your obligation to take it personal!
You Have the Right to Quality Service
The IRS is obligated to communicate to you in a way that you can understand. This means that they cannot use jargon. Information will be conveyed in a respectable and courteous matter. Furthermore, if you find that you are not being treated in a respectable manner, you have the right to speak to a supervisor about any inadequate service you feel you might be experiencing.
You Have the Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax
Whether the total amount of taxes you owe to the IRS is substantial or nominal, you are only obligated to pay the monthly minimal amount. If an IRS agent is prompting you to pay more than the minimal amount that was originally agreed on, and you haven’t been late or defaulted on a payment, here again, you can exercise your right to speak to a supervisor.
You Have the Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard
As a taxpayer, you don’t have to accept what the IRS is telling you. You have the right to contest any claim that you believe may be incorrect, or misinterpreted.
You Have the Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum
If you feel that your case has not been treated fairly, you have the right to take it to court.
You Have the Right to Finality
It is your right to know the payment deadlines, the amount of time you have to challenge an issue, and when the IRS has completed your audit.
You Have the Right to Privacy
Tax issues are personal. Even as the IRS may require sensitive information from you, they are required not to be anymore intrusive than necessary in order to acquire the necessary information needed.
You Have the Right to Confidentiality
In addition to your right to privacy, the IRS is obligated to keep your personal information confidential. Furthermore, the IRS cannot share any taxpayer’s information without their consent.
You Have the Right to Retain Representation
If you are not comfortable communicating with the IRS, you have the right to seek the assistance of professionals who have experienced in resolving tax issues like yours. The team at Success Tax Relief is the representation you need to take care of any of your tax problems. We can settle all of your tax issues while exercising all of your rights as a taxpayer. Call us today at 877-825-1179, or contact online today.