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Ammend return 11. Ammend return   Your Rights as a Taxpayer Table of Contents Declaration of Taxpayer Rights Examinations, Appeals, Collections, and RefundsBy mail. Ammend return By interview. Ammend return Repeat examinations. Ammend return The first part of this chapter explains some of your most important rights as a taxpayer. Ammend return The second part explains the examination, appeal, collection, and refund processes. Ammend return Declaration of Taxpayer Rights Protection of your rights. Ammend return   IRS employees will explain and protect your rights as a taxpayer throughout your contact with us. Ammend return Privacy and confidentiality. Ammend return   The IRS will not disclose to anyone the information you give us, except as authorized by law. Ammend return You have the right to know why we are asking you for information, how we will use it, and what happens if you do not provide requested information. Ammend return Professional and courteous service. Ammend return   If you believe that an IRS employee has not treated you in a professional, fair, and courteous manner, you should tell that employee's supervisor. Ammend return If the supervisor's response is not satisfactory, you should write to the IRS director for your area or the center where you file your return. Ammend return Representation. Ammend return   You can either represent yourself or, with proper written authorization, have someone else represent you in your place. Ammend return Your representative must be a person allowed to practice before the IRS, such as an attorney, certified public accountant, or enrolled agent. Ammend return If you are in an interview and ask to consult such a person, then we must stop and reschedule the interview in most cases. Ammend return   You can have someone accompany you at an interview. Ammend return You can make sound recordings of any meetings with our examination, appeal, or collection personnel, provided you tell us in writing 10 days before the meeting. Ammend return Payment of only the correct amount of tax. Ammend return   You are responsible for paying only the correct amount of tax due under the law—no more, no less. Ammend return If you cannot pay all of your tax when it is due, you may be able to make monthly installment payments. Ammend return Help with unresolved tax problems. Ammend return   The Taxpayer Advocate Service can help you if you have tried unsuccessfully to resolve a problem with the IRS. Ammend return Your local Taxpayer Advocate can offer you special help if you have a significant hardship as a result of a tax problem. Ammend return For more information, call toll free 1-877-777-4778 (1-800-829-4059 for TTY/TDD) or write to the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS office that last contacted you. Ammend return Appeals and judicial review. Ammend return   If you disagree with us about the amount of your tax liability or certain collection actions, you have the right to ask the Appeals Office to review your case. Ammend return You can also ask a court to review your case. Ammend return Relief from certain penalties and interest. Ammend return   The IRS will waive penalties when allowed by law if you can show you acted reasonably and in good faith or relied on the incorrect advice of an IRS employee. Ammend return We will waive interest that is the result of certain errors or delays caused by an IRS employee. Ammend return Examinations, Appeals, Collections, and Refunds Examinations (audits). Ammend return   We accept most taxpayers' returns as filed. Ammend return If we inquire about your return or select it for examination, it does not suggest that you are dishonest. Ammend return The inquiry or examination may or may not result in more tax. Ammend return We may close your case without change; or, you may receive a refund. Ammend return   The process of selecting a return for examination usually begins in one of two ways. Ammend return First, we use computer programs to identify returns that may have incorrect amounts. Ammend return These programs may be based on information returns, such as Forms 1099 and W-2, on studies of past examinations, or on certain issues identified by compliance projects. Ammend return Second, we use information from outside sources that indicates that a return may have incorrect amounts. Ammend return These sources may include newspapers, public records, and individuals. Ammend return If we determine that the information is accurate and reliable, we may use it to select a return for examination. Ammend return   Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund, explains the rules and procedures that we follow in examinations. Ammend return The following sections give an overview of how we conduct examinations. Ammend return By mail. Ammend return   We handle many examinations and inquiries by mail. Ammend return We will send you a letter with either a request for more information or a reason why we believe a change to your return may be needed. Ammend return You can respond by mail or you can request a personal interview with an examiner. Ammend return If you mail us the requested information or provide an explanation, we may or may not agree with you, and we will explain the reasons for any changes. Ammend return Please do not hesitate to write to us about anything you do not understand. Ammend return By interview. Ammend return   If we notify you that we will conduct your examination through a personal interview, or you request such an interview, you have the right to ask that the examination take place at a reasonable time and place that is convenient for both you and the IRS. Ammend return If our examiner proposes any changes to your return, he or she will explain the reasons for the changes. Ammend return If you do not agree with these changes, you can meet with the examiner's supervisor. Ammend return Repeat examinations. Ammend return   If we examined your return for the same items in either of the 2 previous years and proposed no change to your tax liability, please contact us as soon as possible so we can see if we should discontinue the examination. Ammend return Appeals. Ammend return   If you do not agree with the examiner's proposed changes, you can appeal them to the Appeals Office of the IRS. Ammend return Most differences can be settled without expensive and time-consuming court trials. Ammend return Your appeal rights are explained in detail in both Publication 5, Your Appeal Rights and How To Prepare a Protest If You Don't Agree, and Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund. Ammend return   If you do not wish to use the Appeals Office or disagree with its findings, you may be able to take your case to the U. Ammend return S. Ammend return Tax Court, U. Ammend return S. Ammend return Court of Federal Claims, or the U. Ammend return S. Ammend return District Court where you live. Ammend return If you take your case to court, the IRS will have the burden of proving certain facts if you kept adequate records to show your tax liability, cooperated with the IRS, and meet certain other conditions. Ammend return If the court agrees with you on most issues in your case and finds that our position was largely unjustified, you may be able to recover some of your administrative and litigation costs. Ammend return You will not be eligible to recover these costs unless you tried to resolve your case administratively, including going through the appeals system, and you gave us the information necessary to resolve the case. Ammend return Collections. Ammend return   Publication 594, The IRS Collection Process, explains your rights and responsibilities regarding payment of federal taxes. Ammend return It describes: What to do when you owe taxes. Ammend return It describes what to do if you get a tax bill and what to do if you think your bill is wrong. Ammend return It also covers making installment payments, delaying collection action, and submitting an offer in compromise. Ammend return IRS collection actions. Ammend return It covers liens, releasing a lien, levies, releasing a levy, seizures and sales, and release of property. Ammend return   Your collection appeal rights are explained in detail in Publication 1660, Collection Appeal Rights. Ammend return Innocent spouse relief. Ammend return   Generally, both you and your spouse are responsible, jointly and individually, for paying the full amount of any tax, interest, or penalties due on your joint return. Ammend return To seek relief from any liability related to your spouse (or former spouse), you must file a claim on Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief. Ammend return In some cases, Form 8857 may need to be filed within 2 years of the date on which the IRS first attempted to collect the tax from you. Ammend return Do not file Form 8857 with your Form 1040. Ammend return For more information, see Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief, and Form 8857 or you can call the Innocent Spouse office toll-free at 1-855-851-2009. Ammend return Refunds. Ammend return   You can file a claim for refund if you think you paid too much tax. Ammend return You must generally file the claim within 3 years from the date you filed your original return or 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. Ammend return The law generally provides for interest on your refund if it is not paid within 45 days of the date you filed your return or claim for refund. Ammend return Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund, has more information on refunds. Ammend return   If you were due a refund but you did not file a return, you must file within 3 years from the date the return was due (including extensions) to get that refund. Ammend return Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications