As IRS gets ready to issue adjustment notices for 2013 returns… It is adopting a “Taxpayer Bill of Rights,” showcasing the protections filers have when their returns are questioned or IRS is collecting taxes from them. Among the provisions: Quality service. The right to challenge the Service’s position. Privacy. Confidentiality. The right to pay no more than the correct amount of tax. Plus the right to appeal an adverse IRS decision in an independent forum.
Publication 1, which is automatically given to taxpayers who receive IRS notices, has now been revised to include complete descriptions of all these protections.
But two important ones are missing: The ability to call and get your questions answered quickly. And the right to have your audit-related correspondence processed in time so you don’t keep getting billed after providing the necessary documentation. Without them, the newly announced protections are merely window dressing.