It’s my annual “Taxes from A to Z” series! If you’re wondering whether you can claim wardrobe expenses or whether to deduct a capital loss, you won’t want to miss it.

Y is for Your Rights As A Taxpayer.

For years, the National Taxpayer Advocate advocated that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) adopt a Taxpayer Bill of Rights and the IRS finally did so in 2014. Today, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights is often referred to by the related IRS Publication title, “Your Rights As A Taxpayer” (Pub 1). The Taxpayer Bill of Rights groups existing rights in the Internal Revenue Code into ten fundamental rights, and makes these rights more clear, more understandable, and more quickly available to taxpayers.

Your rights as a taxpayer 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

For more about what each of these rights mean to you as a taxpayer, click here. You can find a copy of Pub 1 here (downloads as a PDF).

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Kelly Erb is a tax attorney, tax writer and podcaster.

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