How to Handle Tax Problems – Updated April 2015

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For the first time this year taxpayers have to share information about their health insurance with the IRS. The taxpayers who do not have health coverage – except for certain situations that can exempt them from health coverage requirement – may face penalties. This additional level of reporting and potential for financial burden can cause disagreement with the IRS.

If you run into problems with the IRS, a good solution would be to settle any financial obligations you may have and then try to appeal your case. A payment of tax liabilities on time will save you money for late filing and interest on what you owe. You can then try to present your case and not be hurried by due dates.

Who to contact if I have tax problems with the IRS?

First step to solve any issues with the IRS is the IRS itself. You can always reach out to their customer service – although it may be daunting this time of the year – and see if there is any possibility of solving your situation. If that fails, you can contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS). TAS is an independent organization at the IRS whose goal is to echo your voice there, help alleviate your personal or business financial problems, and report any systematic problems at the IRS.

To ensure a better and more dignified service, the IRS adopted a Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The ten rights 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.

The TAS is a free service.

How to contact TAS?

TAS advocates can be reached at 1-877-777-4778 or you can also contact one in your state. For the list of advocates in each state click here.

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