IRS Adopts “Taxpayer Bill of Rights”

June 17, 2014

IRS Adopts “Taxpayer Bill of Rights;”

10 Provisions to be Highlighted on, in Publication 1

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service today announced the adoption of a “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” that will become a cornerstone document to provide the nation’s taxpayers with a better understanding of their rights.

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights takes the multiple existing rights embedded in the tax code and groups them into 10 broad categories, making them more visible and easier for taxpayers to find on

Publication 1, “Your Rights as a Taxpayer,” has been updated with the 10 rights and will be sent to millions of taxpayers this year when they receive IRS notices on issues ranging from audits to collection. The rights will also be publicly visible in all IRS facilities for taxpayers and employees to see.

The IRS released the Taxpayer Bill of Rights following extensive discussions with the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent office inside the IRS that represents the interests of U.S. taxpayers. Since 2007, adopting a Taxpayer Bill of Rights has been a goal of National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson, and it was listed as the Advocate’s top priority in her most recent Annual Report to Congress.

The tax code includes numerous taxpayer rights, but they are scattered throughout the code, making it difficult for people to track and understand. Similar to the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights contains 10 provisions. They are:

  • The Right to Be Informed

  • The Right to Quality Service

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

  • The Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard

  • The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum

  • The Right to Finality

  • The Right to Privacy

  • The Right to Confidentiality

  • The Right to Retain Representation

  • The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System

To read more about this important subject, a link to the full article found at is:;-10-Provisions-to-be-Highlighted-on-IRSgov,-in-Publication-1

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