The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) annual report to Congress was released earlier this week. I wrote about the TAS’s number one issue, IRS funding, in a prior post. The report also deals with breakdowns in IRS procedures that impact taxpayers. This includes the “non audit”, math error notices that the IRS had the info to answer their own questions, delays in response time and in sending refunds, and that is just the start.
The TAS report asserts that most taxpayers don’t really know what rights they have when the deal with the IRS. The report cites a recent survey that found that 55% of taxpayers interviewed didn’t know that they had rights when working with the IRS. 61% didn’t know what the rights are. TAS is requesting new taxpayer rights legislation. The last was over 13 years ago. As a result, they are suggesting 10 Taxpayer Rights and 5 Taxpayer Responsibilities.
- Right to be informed.
- Right to be assisted.
- Right to be heard.
- Right to pay no more that the correct amount of tax.
- Right of appeal.
- Right to certainty.
- Right to privacy.
- Right to confidentiality.
- Right to representation
- Right to a fair and just tax system.
- Obligation to be honest.
- Obligation to be cooperative.
- Obligation to provide accurate information and documents on time.
- Obligation to keep records.
- Obligation to pay taxes on time.
It’ll be interesting to see if Congress can get together and update the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. And if they don’t, if TAS or the IRS will spend time and money promoting the rights as they stand now? The IRS has created a Taxpayer Rights Corner if you have questions right now.