• The National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report to Congress Overview
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    The National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report to Congress Overview

    [Music] The National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report to Congress is not some bureaucratic doorstop that gets delivered to Congress and forgotten. It actually influences tax legislation and protects taxpayer rights. Here are a few things you might not know about this important report: It identifies systemic problems within the IRS and proposes changes that help the IRS and Congress fix those problems. It goes straight from the National Taxpayer Advocate to Congress, without any reviews by folks like the IRS Commissioner or the Secretary of the Treasury. Since 2000, the Advocate’s Annual Report has influenced the implementation of more than 45 legislative changes that strengthen taxpayer rights and improve tax…

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    Overview of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights

    The Right to Be Informed, to Quality Service, to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax. The Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard, to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum. The Right to Finality, to Privacy, to Confidentiality, to Retain Representation; and the Right to a Fair and Just Tax System. These ten rights make up the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. When it was adopted by the IRS in 2014, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights did not create new rights. The Internal Revenue Code, as well as other laws, regulations, and IRS administrative policies already contained many taxpayer rights and protections. However, because…

  • The Taxpayer Bill of Rights
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    The Taxpayer Bill of Rights

    We are all taxpayers.   But did you know you have rights as a taxpayer? The IRS has adopted a Taxpayer Bill of Rights   that’s a lot like the Bill of Rights in the Constitution. It spells out ten basic rights that we all have when working with the IRS to resolve a tax issue. So what does this mean for you? You have: 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;  …