Your Rights As A Taxpayer

The IRS publishes a thorough explanation of your rights as a taxpayer.

You have rights as a taxpayer when dealing with the IRS. Whether you file a Form 1040 or a complicated corporate return, you will benefit from knowing your rights as a taxpayer and being familiar with the IRS’ obligations to protect them.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an IRS program that provides an independent system to assure that tax problems, which have not been resolved through normal channels, are promptly and fairly handled.

What should you do if you receive a notice from the IRS?

You have rights to representation – learn more about granting power of attorney.

The IRS accepts most taxpayer’s returns as filed. If it inquires about your return or select it for examination, it does not suggest that you are dishonest. The inquiry or examination may or may not result in more tax. Learn about your rights during the examination process and get information about how audits are conducted.

It is your right to appeal any action taken by the IRS to change your account.

Learn about the collection process IRS may follow to collect overdue taxes, including a summary of your rights and other important information about the collection process.

For further tax help, call former IRS attorney Mitchell A. Port at (310) 559-5259.