When you have a problem that involves the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it is not like any other problem that you may face. The IRS has significant powers to negatively impact your business and personal financial situation when it comes to collecting on any debt that you owe. This makes it especially important to try and resolve any tax problems as they arise. Working with an attorney is very important in order to ensure that you are on a level playing field with the IRS. Another option available to some taxpayers is to work with an advocate from the Taxpayer Advocate Service.
An Overview of the Taxpayer Advocate Service
Interested in learning more about this potential option for addressing your tax problem? The following is an overview of this service:
- The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization created within the IRS. This organization describes itself as the taxpayer’s “voice at the IRS.”
- The aim of the organization is to help taxpayers facing problems that are creating financial strain.
- Both individuals and business owners are eligible to utilize the services of the Taxpayer Advocate Service.
- To take advantage of this service, you must demonstrate that you have tried to resolve your tax problem through the typical IRS channels. In the alternative, you must demonstrate that the IRS procedure for resolving your problem is not working as it is designed to.
- The organization offers a Tax Toolkit designed to help taxpayers fully understand the Taxpayer Bill of Rights put in place by the Internal Revenue Service. The kit utilizes examples in order to demonstrate how these rights apply under specific circumstances.
- Taxpayers who are eligible for the Taxpayer Advocate Service are assigned to one specific advocate, at no cost.
- There is at least one taxpayer advocate office in every state.
While using an advocate may help you deal with a difficult IRS Revenue Officer, it is not always the entire solution to your problem. The Taxpayer Advocate Service does not accept all cases. In addition, taxpayers often benefit substantially from having a strong legal advocate in their corner. We encourage you to email us today for more information.