The Most Important Taxpayer Rights to Know

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Most of you probably know that breaking tax rules, even if on accident, can bring serious consequences like an audit, but you should know your important taxpayer rights as well. Below we’re outlining what your rights are in case you run into a problem with the IRS. 

Important Taxpayer Rights

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which the IRS adopted in 2014, summarizes taxpayer rights scattered throughout the tax code, making it easier to understand what the IRS can and can’t do. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights groups taxpayer rights into 10 basic rules:

    1. Be informed.
    2. Quality service.
    3. Pay no more than the correct amount of tax.
    4. Challenge the IRS’s position and be heard.
    5. Appeal an IRS decision in an independent forum.
    6. Finality.
    7. Privacy.
    8. Confidentiality.
    9. Retain representation.
    10. A fair and just tax system.

Taxpayers have the right to retain representation. Taxpayers also have the right to talk to an IRS supervisor — a move that might save hours of time and frustration.

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Knowing what your rights are can help you in case of an IRS problem.

What Are The Limits?

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights may help you navigate disputes. However, it’s not necessarily a tool for things like resolving problems with a specific employee. Other options for taxpayers include filing a complaint with the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, an IRS watchdog, or turning to the courts.

If you need an experienced CPA to guide you through any tax challenges, call Williams & Kunkel CPA today in Flower Mound at 972-446-1040 to have a chat.

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Source: USA Today

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