Although paying taxes to the IRS is a legal obligation for us, we still have several rights. It means even the IRS must abide by the rules, which are called Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Learning the rights will help us understand how the IRS works. And more importantly, we will protect our finances better as we could use the knowledge to dispute and challenge what we think unfair. Here are some most important rights we need to know.
- The Right to Be Informed
We have the right to be informed of what to do to avoid violating the tax laws. We shall be provided with clear explanations of the law and IRS procedures in all notices, instructions, tax forms, publications, and correspondence. All IRS decisions about our tax accounts shall be sent to us along with clear explanations of the outcomes.
- The Right to Quality Service
When we turn to the IRS for help, we are entitled to timely, polite, and professional assistance. Instructions shall be straightforward. And we have the right to ask the IRS for further explanation. If the service is inadequate, we can file complaints.
- The Right to Pay Only the Correct Amount of Tax
We have the right to pay only the correct amount of tax owed, including interest and penalties. The IRS shall apply proper taxation. If we suspect that there is an error, we could send a letter or email to the IRS.
- The Right to Privacy
The IRS have access to our personal information like social security number and home address. But we still have the right to expect that any IRS examination, inquiry, or enforcement action will comply with the law and be no more intrusive than necessary. The IRS shall respect all due process rights, including search and seizure protection. And the IRS shall provide a collection due process hearing where applicable.