The Taxpayer Bill of Rights also known as TABOR is a concept which was formed by free market libertarian and conservative groups in the United States. Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights which they should be aware of while dealing with the Internal Revenue Service. Every taxpayer must be aware of these basic set of fundamental rights of taxpayers and how is the IRS obligated to protect them.
As recommended by the National Taxpayer Advocate, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights is adopted by the Internal Revenue Service. TABOR groups the various rights into a list of the 10 most fundamental rights to make it more clear, understandable, and easily available to the taxpayers. To make things easy for the taxpayer, there is a Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) in place which acts as the voice of IRS. It ensures that the taxpayer is treated fairly, and knows and understands the rights.
The taxpayer bill of rights was created to ensure that the taxpayers did not face any kind of unfair treatment, especially when they are paying their taxes honestly. Every honest taxpayer must be aware of these fundamental rights as they can be helpful when the need arises. The 10 basic set of fundamental rights of taxpayers are listed here -
Every taxpayer has the right to know what they need to do to in order to comply with the tax laws. It is their right to seek any kind of explanation of the laws or IRS procedures such as IRS forms for taxpayers, IRS forms for international taxpayers, IRS forms and publications for taxpayers, instructions, correspondences, and notices. They have the right to be informed of all IRS decisions, action taken on their accounts, and receive explanations of the results.
All taxpayers have the right to receive courteous, prompt and professional help while dealing with the Internal Revenue Service. They have the right to be spoken to in a way that is easy for them to understand while also being able to voice their concerns to a supervisor about any kind of inadequate service.
Every taxpayer has the right to pay only the exact amount of tax that is legally due including any kind of penalties or interest. The IRS has to apply all the payments properly on the taxpayers, while making sure they are not charged what they don't owe.
All taxpayers have the right to raise any kind of objection against the IRS. They have the right to be heard and also receive a response if the IRS does not agree with their proposition.
Taxpayers have to the right to appeal against most of the IRS decisions including penalties, and get a fair and impartial administrative appeal. They also have the right to receive a written response of the Office of Appeals' decision, as and when it is made.
Taxpayers have the right to know how much time IRS will take to collect a tax debt or audit a tax year. They also have the right to know the maximum amount of time they have to challenge the IRS's position.
Taxpayers have the right to expect that all IRS enquiries or enforcement actions will comply with the tax laws and won't be more intrusive than required. They can expect that all the due processes will be respected including seizure and search protections.
Every taxpayer has the right to expect that all the information they share with the IRS is completely safe and will not be disclosed unless specified by the taxpayer themselves. They also have the right to expect punishment for any of the IRS employees if they are found to be guilty in any kind wrongful doings.
In any kind of dealings with the Internal Revenue Service, Taxpayers have the right to choose and appoint an authorized representative who could represent them. In case the taxpayers can't afford representation, they can contact Low-income Taxpayer Clinic and seek assistance.
If their issues are not resolved by the IRS in a systematic and timely manner or if they are facing financial difficulty, the taxpayers have the right to contact Taxpayer Advocate Service and seek assistance. Additionally, it's their right to make system consider the circumstances which might be affecting their ability to pay, provide information, or underlying liabilities.
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