In June 2014, the IRS Commissioner and the IRS National Taxpayer advocate announced the release of an IRS “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” to better communicate existing taxpayers’ statutory and administrative protections.
To increase awareness of this bill of rights, the IRS has produced a publication to accompany its correspondence. This has been posted in public areas of the IRS buildings, communicated directly to IRS employees, and posted on the IRS website.
The 10 rights are:
- The right to be informed;
- The right to receive quality service;
- The right to pay no more than the correct amount of tax;
- The right to challenge the IRS’s position and be heard;
- The right to appeal an IRS decision in an independent forum;
- The right to finality (e.g. to know the maximum time for challenging an IRS position, for being audited, or when an audit is finished);
- The right to privacy (e.g. IRS compliance with laws and respect for due process in inquiries, examinations, enforcements, etc.);
- The right to confidentiality of information provided to the IRS;
- The right to retain representation; and
- The right to a fair and just tax system.
These rights are not new to the IRS, but are being published so taxpayers better understand what their personal rights are.
Author: Brian McFarren