For many years, I urged the IRS to adopt a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TBOR) and for Congress to add the list of fundamental taxpayer rights to the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). In addition to its legal significance, a thematic, principle-based list of core taxpayer rights is an important source of foundational principles to guide IRS employees in their dealings with taxpayers, and provide information to taxpayers to assist them in their dealings with the IRS. A TBOR also serves as an organizing principle for tax administrators in establishing agency goals and performance measures. A TBOR also helps the IRS to restore trust in the tax system and ensure taxpayers know their rights and are able to avail themselves of those rights. Read more
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Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. Explore your rights and obligations to protect them.
1. The Right To Be Informed
Taxpayers have the right to know what they need to do to comply with the tax laws. They are entitled to clear explanations of the laws and IRS procedures in all tax forms, instructions, publications, notices and correspondence. They have the right to be informed of IRS decisions about their tax accounts and to receive clear explanations of the outcomes. Read more
Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress – Focus: Taxpayer Bill of Rights, OVDP & IRS Funding
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson today released her 2013 annual report to Congress,urging the Internal Revenue Service to adopt a comprehensive Taxpayer Bill of Rights – a step she said would increase trust in the agency and, more generally, strengthen its ability to serve taxpayers and collect tax.
The Advocate also expressed deep concern that the IRS is not adequately funded to serve taxpayers, pointing out that the IRS annually receives more than 100 million telephone calls from taxpayers and that, in fiscal year 2013, the IRS could only answer 61 percent of calls from taxpayers seeking to speak with an IRS customer service representative.
Olson said: “From challenges can come opportunities, and this report presents a ‘21st Read more