Know Your Rights

Recently, Congress revised theTaxpayer Bill of Rights. Here are some key points.

  1. The IRS must explain its audit procedures and findings in simple, nontechnical language.
  2. The IRS is required to abate tax and penalty, if you reasonably relied on advice from the IRS to prepare an item on your return.
  3. You have the right to a clear explanation of the IRS 's enforcement procedures.
  4. You have the right to request an installment agreement , although the IRS is not required to grant such a request.
  5. You have the right to sue the IRS for damages.
  6. You have the right to legal and accounting representation, before the IRS.