The IRS announced on June 10, 2014 the adoption of a Taxpayer Bill of Rights that will become the cornerstone document to provide the nation’s taxpayers with a better understanding of their rights.
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights can be found in IRS Publication 1, entitled “Your Rights as a Taxpayer.”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
Publication 1 initially will be available in English and Spanish, and updated versions will soon be available in Chinese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese. The IRS has also created a special section of IRS.gov to highlight the 10 rights. The web site will continue to be updated with information as it becomes available, and taxpayers will be able to easily find the Bill of Rights from the front page.