What rights do I have regarding IRS collections?

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Updated: 3/27/2003 1:10 pm
As a taxpayer, you're granted certain rights, even when you don't pay your taxes on time. In fact, many of your rights as a taxpayer were established to protect you in collection efforts from the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS (I-R-S). You have the basic right to be treated professionally and courteously from all IRS employees. If you've been treated otherwise, the IRS advises you to contact the employee's supervisor or write your IRS District Director or Service Center Director. In addition, you only have to pay the correct amount of taxes that you owe. If you believe your tax bill is unfair, you can appeal it on several levels. If the IRS has a lien or levy against your property, you have the right to be notified in advance that these actions will take place. You're also allowed to keep certain items exempt from IRS seizure. In addition, it's your right to have privacy and confidentiality with regard to the information you submit to the IRS, but this right is waived if a lien or levy is placed upon your property. The IRS publishes several documents that clearly explain your rights as a taxpayer, but the rules and regulations can still be complicated. If you want to know more about your rights as a taxpayer regarding IRS collections, contact a tax-law professional for more information.

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