What are your rights as a taxpayer in dispute with the IRS?

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2020 | tax law | 0 comments

The Constitution of the United States gives the federal government the right to collect income taxes from citizens. Though this can sometimes be onerous for you, it is necessary to fund programs and services that the government provides for the public good. 

While being a taxpayer means that you have certain obligations to fulfill, it also means that you have rights the Internal Revenue Service must respect. The IRS describes what you have a right to expect, specifically when a dispute arises regarding your taxes. 

Fairness and justice

The IRS has to consider any circumstances that may affect your ability to pay what you owe. While the IRS can charge interest and penalties in certain circumstances, e.g., if you do not pay your taxes on time, you have the right to pay no more than what the law says you must. 

Challenges to the IRS’ position

If you believe that the IRS has dealt with you unfairly, you have the right to challenge its conclusions. While there may be limits on the time you have to act, the IRS must inform you of exactly how much time you have to make the challenge. You also have the right to submit documentation that supports the objections you have raised and expect the IRS to consider it and provide an answer in a timely fashion. 

Independent appeal

The IRS handles many taxpayer disputes internally, at least at first. However, if you feel dissatisfaction with the outcome, you have the right to take the matter to an independent forum, such as the courtroom, for resolution. 

Whatever the nature of your dealings with the IRS, you have the right to professional assistance that is courteous and prompt. If you believe the service you have received was inadequate, you have the right to complain to a supervisor.