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Taxpayers Have The Right to Retain Representation

July 5, 2018

When facing the IRS, taxpayers do not have to be alone!  Speaking with the IRS may feel confusing and even daunting but you have a right to have a skilled representative by your side to guide you to a solution that is beneficial to you!

 

What does this mean?

  • Taxpayers have the right to retain an authorized representative of their choice to represent them in their dealings with the IRS.

  • Taxpayers who are heading to an interview with the IRS may select someone to represent them.

  • Taxpayers who retain representation don’t have to attend with their representative unless the IRS formally summons them to appear.

  • In most situations, the IRS must suspend an interview if the taxpayer requests to consult with a representative, such as an attorney, certified public accountant or enrolled agent.

  • Any attorney, CPA, enrolled agent, enrolled actuary or other person permitted to represent a taxpayer before the IRS, who’s not disbarred or suspended from practice before the IRS, may submit a written power of attorney to represent a taxpayer before the IRS.

  • Taxpayers have the right to seek assistance from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic if they cannot afford representation.

  • Taxpayers with income below a certain level may ask an LITC to represent them in their tax dispute before the IRS or a federal court. Help from an LITC can be free or for a minimal fee. Many LITCs offer services in languages other than English. Although LITCs receive partial funding from the IRS, they and their employees and volunteers are completely independent of the IRS.

  • Meet with a tax professional.  Facing the IRS collections process does not have to be overwhelming and you do not have to do it alone!  Contact LR Tax & Accounting to set up an appointment to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your tax situation.