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Federal tax forms 11. Federal tax forms   Your Rights as a Taxpayer Table of Contents Declaration of Taxpayer Rights Examinations, Appeals, Collections, and RefundsBy mail. Federal tax forms By interview. Federal tax forms Repeat examinations. Federal tax forms The first part of this chapter explains some of your most important rights as a taxpayer. Federal tax forms The second part explains the examination, appeal, collection, and refund processes. Federal tax forms Declaration of Taxpayer Rights Protection of your rights. Federal tax forms   IRS employees will explain and protect your rights as a taxpayer throughout your contact with us. Federal tax forms Privacy and confidentiality. Federal tax forms   The IRS will not disclose to anyone the information you give us, except as authorized by law. Federal tax forms You have the right to know why we are asking you for information, how we will use it, and what happens if you do not provide requested information. Federal tax forms Professional and courteous service. Federal tax forms   If you believe that an IRS employee has not treated you in a professional, fair, and courteous manner, you should tell that employee's supervisor. Federal tax forms If the supervisor's response is not satisfactory, you should write to the IRS director for your area or the center where you file your return. Federal tax forms Representation. Federal tax forms   You can either represent yourself or, with proper written authorization, have someone else represent you in your place. Federal tax forms Your representative must be a person allowed to practice before the IRS, such as an attorney, certified public accountant, or enrolled agent. Federal tax forms If you are in an interview and ask to consult such a person, then we must stop and reschedule the interview in most cases. Federal tax forms   You can have someone accompany you at an interview. Federal tax forms You can make sound recordings of any meetings with our examination, appeal, or collection personnel, provided you tell us in writing 10 days before the meeting. Federal tax forms Payment of only the correct amount of tax. Federal tax forms   You are responsible for paying only the correct amount of tax due under the law—no more, no less. Federal tax forms If you cannot pay all of your tax when it is due, you may be able to make monthly installment payments. Federal tax forms Help with unresolved tax problems. Federal tax forms   The Taxpayer Advocate Service can help you if you have tried unsuccessfully to resolve a problem with the IRS. Federal tax forms Your local Taxpayer Advocate can offer you special help if you have a significant hardship as a result of a tax problem. Federal tax forms For more information, call toll free 1-877-777-4778 (1-800-829-4059 for TTY/TDD) or write to the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS office that last contacted you. Federal tax forms Appeals and judicial review. Federal tax forms   If you disagree with us about the amount of your tax liability or certain collection actions, you have the right to ask the Appeals Office to review your case. Federal tax forms You can also ask a court to review your case. Federal tax forms Relief from certain penalties and interest. Federal tax forms   The IRS will waive penalties when allowed by law if you can show you acted reasonably and in good faith or relied on the incorrect advice of an IRS employee. Federal tax forms We will waive interest that is the result of certain errors or delays caused by an IRS employee. Federal tax forms Examinations, Appeals, Collections, and Refunds Examinations (audits). Federal tax forms   We accept most taxpayers' returns as filed. Federal tax forms If we inquire about your return or select it for examination, it does not suggest that you are dishonest. Federal tax forms The inquiry or examination may or may not result in more tax. Federal tax forms We may close your case without change; or, you may receive a refund. Federal tax forms   The process of selecting a return for examination usually begins in one of two ways. Federal tax forms First, we use computer programs to identify returns that may have incorrect amounts. Federal tax forms These programs may be based on information returns, such as Forms 1099 and W-2, on studies of past examinations, or on certain issues identified by compliance projects. Federal tax forms Second, we use information from outside sources that indicates that a return may have incorrect amounts. Federal tax forms These sources may include newspapers, public records, and individuals. Federal tax forms If we determine that the information is accurate and reliable, we may use it to select a return for examination. Federal tax forms   Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund, explains the rules and procedures that we follow in examinations. Federal tax forms The following sections give an overview of how we conduct examinations. Federal tax forms By mail. Federal tax forms   We handle many examinations and inquiries by mail. Federal tax forms We will send you a letter with either a request for more information or a reason why we believe a change to your return may be needed. Federal tax forms You can respond by mail or you can request a personal interview with an examiner. Federal tax forms If you mail us the requested information or provide an explanation, we may or may not agree with you, and we will explain the reasons for any changes. Federal tax forms Please do not hesitate to write to us about anything you do not understand. Federal tax forms By interview. Federal tax forms   If we notify you that we will conduct your examination through a personal interview, or you request such an interview, you have the right to ask that the examination take place at a reasonable time and place that is convenient for both you and the IRS. Federal tax forms If our examiner proposes any changes to your return, he or she will explain the reasons for the changes. Federal tax forms If you do not agree with these changes, you can meet with the examiner's supervisor. Federal tax forms Repeat examinations. Federal tax forms   If we examined your return for the same items in either of the 2 previous years and proposed no change to your tax liability, please contact us as soon as possible so we can see if we should discontinue the examination. Federal tax forms Appeals. Federal tax forms   If you do not agree with the examiner's proposed changes, you can appeal them to the Appeals Office of the IRS. Federal tax forms Most differences can be settled without expensive and time-consuming court trials. Federal tax forms Your appeal rights are explained in detail in both Publication 5, Your Appeal Rights and How To Prepare a Protest If You Don't Agree, and Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund. Federal tax forms   If you do not wish to use the Appeals Office or disagree with its findings, you may be able to take your case to the U. Federal tax forms S. Federal tax forms Tax Court, U. Federal tax forms S. Federal tax forms Court of Federal Claims, or the U. Federal tax forms S. Federal tax forms District Court where you live. Federal tax forms If you take your case to court, the IRS will have the burden of proving certain facts if you kept adequate records to show your tax liability, cooperated with the IRS, and meet certain other conditions. Federal tax forms If the court agrees with you on most issues in your case and finds that our position was largely unjustified, you may be able to recover some of your administrative and litigation costs. Federal tax forms You will not be eligible to recover these costs unless you tried to resolve your case administratively, including going through the appeals system, and you gave us the information necessary to resolve the case. Federal tax forms Collections. Federal tax forms   Publication 594, The IRS Collection Process, explains your rights and responsibilities regarding payment of federal taxes. Federal tax forms It describes: What to do when you owe taxes. Federal tax forms It describes what to do if you get a tax bill and what to do if you think your bill is wrong. Federal tax forms It also covers making installment payments, delaying collection action, and submitting an offer in compromise. Federal tax forms IRS collection actions. Federal tax forms It covers liens, releasing a lien, levies, releasing a levy, seizures and sales, and release of property. Federal tax forms   Your collection appeal rights are explained in detail in Publication 1660, Collection Appeal Rights. Federal tax forms Innocent spouse relief. Federal tax forms   Generally, both you and your spouse are responsible, jointly and individually, for paying the full amount of any tax, interest, or penalties due on your joint return. Federal tax forms To seek relief from any liability related to your spouse (or former spouse), you must file a claim on Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief. Federal tax forms In some cases, Form 8857 may need to be filed within 2 years of the date on which the IRS first attempted to collect the tax from you. Federal tax forms Do not file Form 8857 with your Form 1040. Federal tax forms For more information, see Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief, and Form 8857 or you can call the Innocent Spouse office toll-free at 1-855-851-2009. Federal tax forms Refunds. Federal tax forms   You can file a claim for refund if you think you paid too much tax. Federal tax forms You must generally file the claim within 3 years from the date you filed your original return or 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. Federal tax forms The law generally provides for interest on your refund if it is not paid within 45 days of the date you filed your return or claim for refund. Federal tax forms Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund, has more information on refunds. Federal tax forms   If you were due a refund but you did not file a return, you must file within 3 years from the date the return was due (including extensions) to get that refund. Federal tax forms Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Multimedia Center

Welcome to the resource center for members of the media — online tools and information straight from the source available in both English, Spanish and more. Here you’ll find links to a variety of resources and multimedia files to help you report the latest tax news. We have press kits, news releases and public service advertisements, as well as sound bites, radio spots and more.

Social Media


The IRS participates on the following social media platforms, including:

  • YouTube:  The IRS has video channels that provide short, informative videos on various tax related topics in English, American Sign Language (ASL) and a variety of foreign languages.
  • Twitter:  IRS tweets include various tax-related announcements, news for tax professionals and hiring initiatives.
  • Facebook:  IRS has Facebook pages that post valuable tax information for tax professionals and those needing help in resolving long standing issues with the IRS. 
  • Tumblr:  The IRS Tumblr blog posts important tax information and announcements that link to IRS.gov and YouTube content.

IRS has also updated IRS2Go, a smartphone application that lets you interact with the IRS using your mobile device. The mobile application includes the following features:

  • Get your refund status or request a transcript.
  • Get tax updates. 
  • Watch IRS YouTube videos.
  • Follow the IRS.

For more information, visit our social media page. 

Video


We have numerous video Tax Tips available for viewing, along with their texts.

Audio


Need an audio spot for your website? We've compiled a host of MP3 files covering a variety of topics and formats.

  • Audio Files for Podcasts:  Hear them now, or download the MP3s to hear them later.

  • Radio PSAs:  These radio spots provide helpful information to get your taxes done. Many spots feature the voice of IRIS, a friendly IRS helper with useful information for your listeners during tax time. There are :30, :60 and donut spots to use as a plug in for local sponsors. We also have radio spots on some of our important programs, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and our e-file and Free file programs. All of the spots are in MP3 format and can be downloaded.

Print Ads for Newspapers and Magazines


The latest IRS print ads can be used during calendar year 2014. The free ads are available in various sizes, in black and white and in color.

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In addition to audio and video Tax Tips, we also have them in print.

  • Print Tax Tips:  Daily Tax Tips for 2014 are available throughout the filing season.

Press Kits


Covering a specific topic? We may have a specific toolkit just for you. Get the facts, stats and IRS media contacts. Download feature articles, public service advertisements and more. Some of the press kits require flash 7.0 on your computer to view them.

  • Earned Income Tax Credit:  The EITC is a tax credit for people who work, but don't earn high incomes. Those who qualify could pay less federal tax, no tax or even get a refund.

Marketing Materials and Other Resources


Use these items to get you started or fill in empty spaces. You’ll find print public service advertisements (PSAs), posters and more.

e-News Subscriptions


Want to get the latest tax news right in your inbox? We’ve got a number of e-mail subscription services to choose from. Take a look and sign up for the ones that interest you.

 

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The Federal Tax Forms

Federal tax forms Publication 1544 - Introductory Material Table of Contents What's New Introduction What's New Future developments. Federal tax forms  For the latest information about developments related to Publication 1544, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Federal tax forms irs. Federal tax forms gov/pub1544. Federal tax forms Amending a report. Federal tax forms  You can amend a prior report by checking box 1a at the top of Form 8300. Federal tax forms See Amending a report, later. Federal tax forms Introduction If, in a 12-month period, you receive more than $10,000 in cash from one buyer as a result of a transaction in your trade or business, you must report it to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business. Federal tax forms This publication explains why, when, and where to report these cash payments. Federal tax forms It also discusses the substantial penalties for not reporting them. Federal tax forms Some organizations do not have to file Form 8300, including financial institutions who must file FinCEN Form 104 (formerly Form 4789), Currency Transaction Report, and casinos who must file FinCEN Form 103 (formerly Form 8362), Currency Transaction Report by Casinos. Federal tax forms They are not discussed in this publication. Federal tax forms This publication explains key issues and terms related to Form 8300. Federal tax forms You should also read the instructions attached to the form. Federal tax forms They explain what to enter on each line. Federal tax forms Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications