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Know your Rights: The Taxpayer's Right to be Informed

The Right to Be Informed - Taxpayer Bill of Rights #1

All taxpayers have basic rights when filing taxes and dealing with the IRS. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights takes the multiple existing rights in the nation's tax code and groups them into 10 categories. This makes them easier to find, understand and use. This tip is one in a series outlining these rights.

Get to Know the Taxpayer Bill of Rights - Part 2

Every taxpayer has rights. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights takes these rights from the tax code and groups them into 10 categories. Taxpayers interacting with the IRS should know their rights, which are highlighted in Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer:

What you need to know if you failed to file your taxes

Filing federal taxes can induce panic in even the most prepared people. Understanding your tax liability is a challenge and a mistake can result in fines and other serious problems. That being said, these consequences generally pale in comparison to the issues that can arise if you fail to file your taxes.

Not filing your tax return can lead to heavy fines and even criminal charges. This post will explain what can happen if you do not file your taxes and the steps that you can take to avoid more penalties.

Can the RESPECT Act prevent civil forfeiture abuses?

Congress recently took a long-overdue step towards curbing abuses of IRS authority concerning civil forfeiture. Just last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed – via voice vote – the Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property through the Exploitation of Civil asset forfeiture Tools (RESPECT) Act.

The RESPECT Act is the first federal legislative action in years dealing specifically with the pervasive issue of unfair and borderline illegal civil forfeiture by the IRS. When done correctly, civil forfeiture can be a legitimate way to enforce reporting requirements and ensure that taxes are properly paid. When abused, however, it puts innocent taxpayers on the defensive, forcing them to fight for years to have wrongfully seized property returned.

Can back-to-school shopping be tax deductible?

With Labor Day weekend behind us, it is amazing how quickly retail outlets switch their offerings towards the next holiday. Some stores will be enthralled with Halloween candy and costumes, while others are skipping the scary season altogether and trotting out holiday garnishments.

With the effort to get people thinking about how to spend money on the next holiday, some effort should be made about preparing for next year’s tax season. Believe it or not, school shopping could save you some money come next April. This post will provide some insight on deductions for school supplies and child care costs. 

Moving forward after receiving an audit notification from the IRS

Imagine you are getting home from work and go to check your mail. Your heart may immediately sink if you notice an audit letter from the IRS.

Being audited is a fear that many taxpayers may have. It can be intimidating knowing that you are the focus of the IRS’s attention. Fortunately, with a bit of preparation and hard work, an audit does not have to be a stressful event.

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