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An overview of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2023 | Federal And State Tax Collections |

Understanding your rights as a taxpayer is important. The Taxpayers Bill of Rights establishes the rules and expectations to ensure fair, transparent tax collection. Many taxpayers are unfamiliar with their rights, which can lead to complications and costly mistakes.

The more you know about your rights as a taxpayer, the easier it is to protect yourself and your financial interests.

The right to information

Taxpayers have a right to information about their tax obligations and the processes involved. This also includes receiving clear and accurate explanations about tax forms, filing and response deadlines, and any changes in the tax laws that may affect you.

The right to quality service

You have a right to expect prompt and courteous service from the government when dealing with tax matters. You should receive accurate answers to any questions and timely support when necessary. This helps you navigate tax complexities more easily.

The right to challenge

Taxpayers have a right to challenge decisions made by tax authorities. You can appeal tax decisions and provide additional information to help support your case. This reduces the risk of unfair or incorrect assessments. The IRS allows for a small case request instead of a formal written dispute if the total tax and penalties involved is less than $25,000.

The right to privacy

Financial information is personal and sensitive. The Taxpayers Bill of Rights protects your privacy by establishing disclosure restrictions and confidentiality rules.

The right to a fair and just system

Fairness is a cornerstone of the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. This means you should only pay the amount of taxes you actually owe, and you have a right to question any unjust or excessive tax liabilities.

The right to finality

You have a right to know the final determinations of any tax matter resolution. This includes information about any opportunity to challenge the ruling. This provides you with closure regarding your obligations.

Protect your interests as a taxpayer with a thorough understanding of the rights afforded to you.