Taxpayer Bill of Rights

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I received a notice in one of the emails I receive from the IRS which highlighted the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. As I read the announcement, I wondered what you, as tax professionals who deal with the IRS and taxpayers on a daily basis, have experienced in relation to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights and your clients.

The key provisions of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights are listed below, with each linking to the full text of the individual taxpayer’s right.

The Right to Be Informed
The Right to 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
The Right to Privacy
The Right to Confidentiality
The Right to Retain Representation
The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System

I attended a conference last year during which a representative from the Taxpayer Advocates office spoke. I was impressed by what was said in relation to how the IRS wants to work with individual taxpayers and was convinced that the speaker was truly looking out for the best interest of the taxpayer.

Would you share your real-world IRS experience with us? How has the IRS worked to protect the taxpayer based on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights? How has the Taxpayer Advocate’s office helped you as a tax professional? Is the IRS working with you to come to a Fair and Just outcome for your clients?

Please tell us your stories. Comment below!

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