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IRS Bill of Rights

Posted by taxguru on December 22, 2014

Because the IRS has long been  statutorily exempt from recognizing the normal Bill of Rights that we are all supposed to enjoy in every other aspect of our lives in the USA, they had to concoct their own special Taxpayer Bill of Rights to take the place of the “ancient” one from 1789.  IRS just posted an update on their Bill of Rights on their Tax Tips page and in emails to practitioners.

After receiving this latest message from IRS, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on how well IRS has performed in living up to their proclaimed rights for taxpayers, especially in light of the crimes committed by Lois Lerner and her gang, as well as the ensuing cover-ups, that continue to this day.

Following is just the list of the titles of our rights as taxpayers according to IRS. The more descriptive details of what these mean can be found on their website.

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

 

I would rate IRS fairly low on complying with many of these so-called rights.  The ongoing cover-ups of the Lois Lerner Gang’s crimes pretty much put the kibosh on Rights numbers 1, 4, 5, 7, 8 & 10.  The fact that her behavior has not been punished shows that these rights, while sounding so great, are just fairy tales and are actually fairly meaningless in real life application.

Or maybe it’s just a case of the IRS’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights only applying to certain parties and is null and void for others, such as.…

It’s official: IRS employees biased against conservatives   

 

GOP report: Top IRS official considered admitting targeting before 2012 election — but didn’t

 

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