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;   The Right to Finality; The Right to Privacy; The Right to Confidentiality; The Right to Retain Representation; and   The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System.     These rights apply to all your contacts with the IRS. For instance, the Right to Be Informed means that if the IRS   determines you owe tax, interest, or penalties, it has to explain why. The Right to Quality Service means the IRS   should treat you with courtesy and let you speak to a supervisor if there’s a problem. These are your rights.   Speak up and exercise them when you deal with the IRS. To find out more about the   Taxpayer Bill of Rights   and what it means for you, visit www.TaxpayerAdvocate.irs.gov.  

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