How the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) Can Help You
The IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS that helps taxpayers who are experiencing unresolved federal tax problems. If your IRS tax issue is taking a long time to resolve, TAS may be able to help.
Here are 10 things every taxpayer should know about TAS:
1. The Taxpayer Advocate Service is your voice at the IRS. Their primary responsibility is to facilitate an agreement between you and the IRS.
2. TAS assistance is free and available to individual and business taxpayers throughout the country.
3. You may be eligible for TAS help if you’ve tried to resolve your tax problem through normal IRS channels and have gotten nowhere, or if you are facing (or your business is facing) an immediate action from the IRS that will adversely affect you.
4. The worst thing you can do is nothing at all. When in doubt, ask TAS for help. Even your licensed tax professional can request TAS assistance on your behalf.
5. TAS helps individual and business taxpayers whose tax problems are causing financial difficulty. Taxpayers in a financial hardship situation may qualify for an Offer-in-Compromise or Uncollectible case closure.
6. If you qualify for TAS help, you’ll be assigned one advocate who will do everything possible to get your problem resolved.
7. How to Contact the IRS Taxpayer Advocate – There is at least one local Taxpayer Advocate office in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. You can obtain the number of your local Taxpayer Advocate from your local phone book, in Pub. 1546 “Taxpayer Advocate Service – Your Voice at the IRS” and on the IRS website at IRS.gov/advocate. You can also call TAS toll-free at 1-877-777-4778 or simply click on the Taxpayer Advocate image below.
8. As a taxpayer, you have rights that the IRS must abide by when working with you. The TAS tax toolkit website at www.TaxpayerAdvocate.irs.gov can help you understand these rights. One of your most important rights is the right to representation from a qualified tax relief professional.
9. TAS also handles tax problems that may have a broad impact on more than just one taxpayer. You can report these “systemic” issues to TAS through the Systemic Advocacy Management System at IRS.gov/advocate.
10. You can get updates on hot tax topics by visiting the TAS YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/TASNTA and the TAS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/YourVoiceAtIRS, or by following TAS tweets at www.twitter.com/YourVoiceatIRS.
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