How Does the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service Work for You?

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service.  It protects taxpayers’ rights by ensuring that all taxpayers receive fair treatment. It can also help you to know and understand your rights under the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights describes ten basic rights that all taxpayers have when dealing with the IRS.  These are your rights.  Know them.  Use them.

The TAS site at taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov also can help you with common tax issues and situations:  what to do if you made a mistake on your tax return; if you got a notice from the IRS or you’re thinking about hiring a tax preparer.

What can a Taxpayer Advocate do for you?

TAS can help you resolve problems that you can’t resolve with the IRS.  And the service is free.  Always try to resolve your problem with the IRS first, but if you can’t, then contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service.  Timely contact with TAS is paramount to resolution.

  • TAS helps individuals, businesses, and tax-exempt organizations.  If you qualify for TAS help, your advocate will be with you at every turn and do everything possible.
  • You may be eligible for TAS help if your IRS problem is causing financial difficulty or you believe the IRS procedure just isn’t working as it should.
  • TAS has offices in every state,  the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.  Your local advocate’s number is in your local directory and at taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov.  You can also call TAS at 1-877-777-4778.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is your voice at the IRS.  Don’t hesitate to use it!

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