Taxpayer Bill of Rights
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), is a term used to refer to a wide range of concepts that protect tax payers from detrimental tax laws. It was passed into law by Congress back in the year 1988 to specify how the IRS should go about handling taxpayers.
It stipulates the following ten rights that every taxpayer should enjoy:
1. The right to be informed
Taxpayers are entitled to information that explicitly explains all laws in form of notices, instructions and correspondence. Any actions that affect their tax accounts should be clarified at length.
2. The right to quality service
Taxpayers have the right to access prompt and courteous service from the IRS. The communication should be polite, clear and concise.
3. The right to pay no more than the correct tax amount
Taxpayers should not pay any amount that exceeds their legal dues. The IRS ought to certify that the tax payments are clear.
4. The right to contest the position of the IRS and be heard
As a taxpayer, you have the right to object and produce documentation that contests the actions formally taken by the IRS.
5. The right to appeal the decision of the IRS in an self-governing forum
You have the right to appeal penalties and other decisions of the IRS. Such cases can be advanced in courts.
6. The right to finality
As a taxpayer, you are entitled to know the deadline for challenging the position of the IRS and the deadline for audits to be conducted.
7. The right to privacy
The IRS should carry out their inquiries within the bounds of the law. They shall provide all necessary documents to conduct seizures or searches.
8. The right to confidentiality
Information provided to the IRS should not be leaked unless if authorized by law.
9. The right to retain an accredited representative
Taxpayers who wish to be represented in their dealings with the IRS can retain an official of their choice.
10. The right to a fair and just tax system
Taxpayers have the right to receive just and fair assistance with special considerations of the circumstances and facts that surround their liabilities.
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