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Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP)

Want to improve the IRS?®SPEAK UP

By Andrea Price, TAP member representing Ohio
Guest Column

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel is comprised of civic-minded citizen volunteers from all walks of life representing each state, D.C., Puerto Rico and an international member (citizens living, working or doing business abroad). TAP is a Federal Advisory Committee whose mission is to listen to taxpayers, identify taxpayersí issues and make suggestions for improving the IRS service and customer satisfaction.

Everyone has something to say about taxes and the IRS. Please take a moment to give us your suggestions for TAP to consider by contacting one of the following:

TAP Ohio member: tapohioandreaprice@gmail.com

Call Toll-free at:1-888-912-1227

Website: www.improveirs.org

Taxpayer Bill of Rights Ė your rights as taxpayers

1.     The Right to be Informed

Taxpayers have the right to know what they need to do to comply with the tax laws. They are entitled to clear explanations of the laws and IRS procedures in all tax forms, instructions, publications, notices, and correspondence. They have the right to be informed of IRS decisions about their tax accounts and to receive clear explanations of the outcomes.

2.     The Right to Quality Service

Taxpayers have the right to receive prompt, courteous, and professional assistance in their dealings with the IRS, to be spoken to in a way they can easily understand, to receive clear and easily understandable communications from the IRS, and to speak to a supervisor about inadequate service.

3.     The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax

Taxpayers have the right to pay only the amount of tax legally due, including interest and penalties, and to have the IRS apply all tax payments properly.

4.     The Right to Challenge the IRSís Position and Be Heard

Taxpayers have the right to raise objections and provide additional documentation in response to formal IRS actions or proposed actions, to expect that the IRS will consider their timely objections and documentation promptly and fairly, and to receive a response if the IRS does not agree with their position.

5.     The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum

Taxpayer are entitled to a fair and impartial administrative appeal of most IRS decision, including many penalties, and have the right to receive a written response regarding the Office of Appealsí decision.

6.     The Right to Finality

Taxpayers have the right to know the maximum amount of time they have to challenge the IRSís position as well as the maximum amount of time the IRS has to audit a particular tax year or collect a tax debt. Taxpayers have their right to know when the IRS has finished an audit.

7.     The Right to Privacy

Taxpayers have the right to expect that any IRS inquiry, examination, or enforcement action will comply with the law and be no more intrusive than necessary, and will respect all due process rights, including search and seizure protections and will provide, where applicable, a collection due process hearing.

8.     The Right to Confidentiality

Taxpayers have the right to expect that any information they provide to the IRS will not be disclosed unless authorized by the taxpayer or by law. Taxpayers have the right to expect appropriate action will be taken against employees, return preparers, and others who wrongfully use or disclose taxpayer return information.

9.     The Right to Retain Representation

Taxpayers have the right to retain an authorized representative of their choice to represent them in their dealings with the IRS. Taxpayers have the right to seek assistance from Low Income Taxpayer Clinic if they cannot afford representation.

10.  The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System

Taxpayers have the right to expect the tax system to consider facts and circumstances that might affect their underlying liabilities, ability to pay, or ability to provide information timely. Taxpayers have the right to receive assistance from the Taxpayer Advocate Service if they are experiencing financial difficulty or if the IRS has not resolved their tax properly and timely through its normal channels.

Tax Tips for 2020- Beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  57.5 cents per mile driven for business use, down one half of a cent from the rate for 2019,

  17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down three cents from the rate for 2019, and

  14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.

UPDATE ADDRESS
Taxpayers who moved during 2019 should tell the US Postal Service, employers and the IRS. 
Notify the IRS by mailing IRS Form 8822, Change of Address, to the address listed on the formís instructions. Taxpayers who purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace should also notify the Marketplace when they move out of the area covered by their current plan.

For name changes due to marriage or divorce, notify the Social Security Administration so the new name will match IRS and SSA records. Also notify the SSA if a dependentís name changed. A mismatch between the name shown on a tax return and SSA records often causes refund delays.


 

 

   
   


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