The IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service: Can It Help You?
You may be unaware of a very helpful service created by the IRS to support you, the taxpayer. The IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS that is charged with helping to ensure that all taxpayers are treated fairly and that taxpayers understand their rights. The IRS calls this agency your voice at the IRS and their service is free of charge. So, what exactly is this organization and what can they do for you?
Role of the Taxpayer Advocate Service
The primary function of the Taxpayer Advocate Service is to help taxpayers having problems with the IRS that they cannot handle on their own.
You are eligible for this service if:
1. You have made repeated contact with the IRS after not receiving your refund.
The Fine Print: You must have attempted to contact the IRS on at least two occasions about the fact that you have not received your refund and not gotten a response and your return must have been filed a minimum of 90 days prior.
2. You have repeatedly attempted to reach a representative at the IRS and have not received a response.
The Fine Print: You must have attempted to contact the IRS on at least two occasions (unsuccessfully) and your initial inquiry must be more than 45 days old.
3. You are receiving repeated notices from the IRS despite the fact that you have responded.
The Fine Print: If you are receiving additional notices from the IRS even though you have responded, you may be able to get help from the Taxpayer Advocate Service. Again, you must have responded to the IRS on your own at least twice to qualify.
4. You have been mistreated by the IRS in some way.
The Fine Print: If your concern does not fall into one of the above categories and you have questions about your rights or feel that you have been mistreated by the IRS in some way, you should contact the agency.
Taxpayer Advocate Service: What You Need to Know
Perhaps the most important thing to note when considering reaching out to the Taxpayer Advocate Service is that you will need to show them all relevant documentation so that they can help you. This means you should be able to produce copies of notices from the IRS, your communication attempts and any other information that might be relevant to your case. Also, this is not an agency that can help if you simply do not agree with a ruling of the IRS or want to figure out a way to resolve tax debt and unpaid taxes. But if your issues fall into one of the above categories, you will be assigned an advocate within your state whose job it is to help you.
It also might be helpful to know that you can also enlist the support of a reputable tax firm to communicate with the IRS on your behalf.
Success Tax Relief has extensive experience navigating difficult communication issues with the IRS and we can help you resolve your tax issues, too. Contact us today for a free consultation and discover how we can help you find relief!