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IRS Publicizes 'Bill of Rights' for Taxpayers

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The Internal Revenue Service wants to read taxpayers their rights. The agency publicized a "Bill of Rights" for taxpayers on Tuesday, including the right to quality service, the right to confidentiality and the right to a fair and just tax system.
 
Commissioner John Koskinen acknowledged that none of the 10 rights is new. All are buried somewhere in the thick pages of the federal tax code. But going forward, the IRS will post the rights at IRS offices, and include an explanation of each one when the agency contacts taxpayers by mail.
 
Koskinen said the list will be included in about 30 million mailings a year.
 
Nina E. Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate, has been lobbying for the taxpayer Bill of Rights since 2007.

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:
1.    The Right to Be Informed
2.    The Right to Quality Service
3.    The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax
4.    The Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard
5.    The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum
6.    The Right to Finality
7.    The Right to Privacy
8.    The Right to Confidentiality
9.    The Right to Retain Representation
10.    The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System

(The Internal Revenue Service and The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)
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