• Marcelle Brown

Do you know your Rights?

Almost everyone inside and outside of the USA is required to file a federal tax return. There is not one client that I have yet to run into that isn't afraid of either being audited by the IRS or something else happening to them in reference to their tax return. While each and everyone of us are required to submit a 1040 to the IRS do you know that if something was to happen either a full audit, soft audit, etc. you as the taxpayer have rights that will protect you. Here is a rundown of the rights that you have under Publication 1 for interacting with the IRS.

The Right to Be Informed: Taxpayers have the right to know how to comply with tax laws. They are entitled to clear explanations of the laws and IRS procedures. Taxpayers have the right to know about IRS decisions affecting their accounts with clear explanations of the outcomes.

The Right to Quality Service: Taxpayers have the right to receive prompt, courteous and professional assistance when dealing with the IRS. They also have the right to speak with a supervisor about inadequate service. Communications from the IRS should be clear and easy to understand.

The Right to Pay No More Than the Correct Amount of Tax: Taxpayers must pay only the amount of tax legally due. This includes interest and penalties. The IRS must apply all tax payments properly.

The Right to Challenge the IRS's Position and Be Heard: Taxpayers have the right to object to formal IRS actions or proposed actions. They can also provide justification with additional documentation. Taxpayers can expect the IRS to consider timely objections and documentation promptly and fairly. Taxpayers can expect a response when the IRS disagrees with the taxpayer's position.

The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum: Taxpayers are entitled to a fair and impartial appeal of most IRS decisions. This includes appealing certain penalties. Taxpayers have the right to receive a written response from the IRS regarding a decision. Taxpayers generally have the right to take their case to court.

The IRS is required to include Publication 1 when they send any notices to taxpayers on a variety of issues like and audit or collection matter. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights are only printed in English and Spanish. It is nice to note that when or if you are required to go to any IRS office your rights are posted in each and every office location.

If you have any other questions feel free to contact our office or the IRS. Our office are going to start posting vital information from the IRS so that each taxpayer is and will always be able to stay in the loop.

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