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What Rights you have when Dealing with the IRS

Everyone dreads getting that “Audit” notice in the mail from the IRS but once you do, rest assured that you do not have to fight the IRS alone. You are entitled to representation when dealing with the IRS. You have a choice of which authorized representative you would like to represent you. Some examples of the people you could have work with you are an attorney, CPA, enrolled actuary or any other person that is permitted to represent a taxpayer before the IRS (the person you choose would need to submit a written power of attorney form to the IRS to be able to represent you).

If you retain representation you do not have to attend with your rep unless the IRS formally summons you to appear. Your rep can basically act as a middle person between yourself and the IRS. But if you do choose to meet with the IRS yourself, in most situations the IRS must suspend an interview if you request to consult with a representative.

If you cannot afford representation you have the right to seek assistance from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, which represents taxpayers whose income is below a certain level and who need to resolve tax problems with the IRS. You can visit the following page for more information or by calling 800-829-3676:

https://taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov/about/litc

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above issues.

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