taxpayer rights

What Are My Rights As a Taxpayer?

Tax Law

Would it surprise you to know that we all have specific rights when we deal with the IRS? Most people feel that they are at the mercy of the IRS. The IRS can instill fear, and people either forget or don’t realize that they can fight back and stand up for themselves.

We are pleased to let you know that you do have rights when dealing with the IRS. In fact, there is something called the “Taxpayer Bill of Rights,” that was created by the IRS to improve IRS-taxpayer interactions. We will explain what the Taxpayer Bill of Rights is, and some of what it covers, in this article. After reading this article, we hope that you will understand that you have some agency when dealing with the IRS. And when in doubt, the Sarasota IRS Lawyers at the Law Office of Mary E. King, P.L. can help with any questions.

The Law Office of Mary E. King, P.L. can make sure that your tax planning and other issues are resolved efficiently and at the lowest cost to you.  Please fill out our online contact form, or call us at 941-906-7585 today.

What is included in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights?

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights lists 10 specific rights of every taxpayer:

1. The Right to Be Informed
2. The Right to Quality of Service
3. The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax
4. The Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard
5. The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum
6. The Right to Finality
7. The Right to Privacy
8. The Right to Confidentiality
9. The Right to Retain Representation
10. The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System

In this article, we will dive into the first of those rights.  Be sure to check back for our other articles covering the other rights in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. 

 Right #1 – The Right to Be Informed About Tax Laws

The IRS has to keep you informed about tax laws and information relating to your personal taxes and tax liabilities.  The tax system is filled with rules, regulations, laws, and procedures.  If you pull up the instructions to do your tax return, you will see a substantial booklet with numerous instructions.  No matter which instructions you look at, they refer to a publication for further specific information on a tax issue.  Consequently, the public is expected to read the instructions and understand all the tax-specific language, and then read the publications that relate to the instructions along with any corresponding forms and notices.  The Taxpayer Bill of Rights states that these documents must provide clear explanations of the IRS’s laws and procedures. 

Realistically, these are very complicated and detailed documents.  Have you ever read some publications that endeavor to explain in more detail how to fill out specific forms or what a certain tax law means?  They are anything but simple.  Luckily there are professionals like the Sarasota IRS Lawyers at the Law Office of Mary E. King, to assist you with your needs.

What Issues Arise In Connection with the Right to Be Informed?

The Right to Be Informed encompasses your own specific tax issues.  The IRS is required to keep you notified of taxes you owe, including how they reached any conclusion they made regarding your taxes.  When informing you about the taxes you owe, along with interest and penalties, they must do more than just state the amounts owed.  The IRS has to explain how they reached these figures and how they made the determination of the amounts you own them.

Expecting a refund but didn’t get it?  The IRS is required to tell you exactly why they failed to refund your taxes or change your expected refund amount.  Are you currently paying the IRS for past taxes via a payment program?  The IRS has to send you an annual statement. 

They have obligations to the taxpayers, and Sarasota IRS Lawyers can make sure they comply with those obligations.

Discuss Your Tax Rights with a Professional

Sarasota IRS Lawyers will help understand the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.  They can help you stand up for your rights.

Consider reaching out to the Law Offices of Mary E. King for help.  Tax matters can be complicated, and thus, it is always helpful to have someone in your corner who understands the tax law and deals with the IRS on a regular basis.  Indeed, beyond just the tax laws, there could be other issues with which a seasoned tax attorney can help.  

So, when it comes to dealing with tax questions, tax relief, and tax litigation, you need to talk to Sarasota IRS Lawyers who can help.  Mary E. King has spent her career concentrating in tax law and can help you in Florida and elsewhere.  Attorney King has a wealth of information about what types of options would make the most sense for you or your business.

That helps explain why she’s received an A+ rating from the Florida Better Business Bureau. If you have a tax-related issue – no matter how small or how large – setting up an initial consultation with Mary E. King, tax lawyer of Florida, is the first step you should take towards relief.

The Law Office of Mary King P.L. offers complete IRS problem-solving services including all areas from tax debt settlement to planning the most efficient tax strategy for individuals and businesses.  Call us today to schedule an initial consultation.  With years of experience as Sarasota IRS Lawyers for many clients, Attorney Mary E. King can make sure that your tax issues are resolved in your favor.  Fill out our online contact form, or call us at 941-906-7585.   Remember, at the Law Office of Mary E. King, we are focused on solving your tax issues for good.

The information in this blog post is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.  You should not make a decision whether or not to contact an attorney based upon the information in this blog post.  No attorney-client relationship is formed nor should any such relationship be implied.  If you require legal advice, please consult with an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.

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