Congress Not Needed. IRS Adopts Its Own Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

Taxpayer Bill of Rights

Back in the 1990’s Congress passed a taxpayer bill of laws twice. However, the IRS took the initiative to adopt one this year without being forced to by Congress.  Perhaps the overwhelming discontent for the IRS held by taxpayers around the country finally inspired the IRS to take action.

If you’ve ever had an unsatisfying interaction with the IRS, you can be certain you are not alone. The IRS is fully aware of how they are perceived and the massive government body is letting you know you have rights in the off-putting and discouraging tax process.

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights is also a powerful tool in the hands of an experienced tax attorney too. The IRS has taken existing rights in the tax code and has grouped them into 10 categories. According to a forbes.com article, “The IRS says it had extensive discussions with the Taxpayer Advocate Service.” Apparently they also paid attention to surveys conducted by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson who has discovered through her surveys that, “most taxpayers do not believe they have rights before the IRS and even fewer can name their rights.” 

According to the forbes.com piece, Ms. Olson also believes the new Taxpayer Bill of Rights will be very helpful to taxpayers when it comes to understanding their rights in the system.

The Forbes piece posted the bill of rights saying, “Like the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights contains 10 provisions. They are:

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

The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System

You’ll be able to find the rights on irs.gov and they have been published by the IRS in a booklet called “Your Rights as a Taxpayer,” that was sent to millions of taxpayers. And more good news is that while the publication initially will be available in English and Spanish, it will soon be available in Chinese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese.

Taxpayers now can stand up for their rights with or without representation. Abuses by anyone representing the IRS will no longer be tolerated as the word spreads that there is an established and followed Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Another bit of ammunition in the arsenal against tax fraud scammers never hurts either.