Taxpayer Rights and the IRS Collection Process

Taxpayer Rights and the IRS Collection Process

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The IRS has immense power to take away your property and/or prosecute you for tax fraud, evasion or the willful failure to file a tax return.

This power, however, is not unlimited.

If you listen to the myths and stories circulating among taxpayers, it is understandable that some Americans believe they have no rights when it comes to IRS disputes.

The truth is you do have rights.

Lots of them.

There have been three taxpayer rights bills enacted into law in the last 20 years.

Should you find yourself in a dispute with the IRS it is crucial that you thoroughly know and understand your rights as well as your obligations.

Here is a list of your most important rights:

  • The right to legal representation
  • The right to prior notice and an opportunity to be heard
  • The right to sue the IRS in Tax Court without having to first pay the tax the IRS claims you owe
  • The right to sue the IRS for damages caused by its failure to comply with the law or its own procedures
  • The right to receive interest on overpayments
  • The right to privacy

For more information on your rights go to Taxpayer Rights.

About Peter Pappas

Peter is a tax attorney and certified public acccountant with over 20 years experience helping taxpayers resolve their IRS and state tax problems.

He has represented thousands of taxpayers who have been experiencing difficulty dealing with the Internal Revenue Service or State tax officials.

He is a member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Bar Association and The Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, the United States Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts - Middle District of Florida