You filed taxes in time however, still receive letter from the IRS. This situation is faced by large number of tax payers in America. Main reason behind this is the errors in your tax filings. Moreover, if you’ve declared excessive tax deduction or your income and expenses have been fluctuated greatly, you’re more likely to spot by the IRS systems. After receiving notice or call from the IRS majority of taxpayers get panic and do something wrong. However, in this situation the ideal solution is to know your rights as a tax payer though, you need to get to know them before preparing your taxes. If you know your rights, you will never get caught for the right thing.
If you are aware your rights, you would have knowledge about how you should respond to the IRS. Taxpayers get panic after receiving the notice from IRS because most of the taxpayers end up being guilty of committing errors. However, it doesn’t mean that you’re guilty and will be detained. You should act on the notice at the earliest. First go through the notice thoroughly so that you can understand what the concern of sending you the letter is and what information is needed by the tax authority. Almost every notice sent by the IRS has a deadline to respond. If you do not respond in time you are more likely other rights.
In case, you’re in a scenario of audit with an IRS agent, you’ve certain rights to deal with the IRS. The agent or the auditor must comply with the tax rights while asking questions from you. However, this thing will apply only when you know your rights otherwise you cannot raise a question on the enquiries made by the IRS. In case, you’re not sure about anything, it’s better not to argue on that because it may affect the proceedings of the audit which could go against you. There are provisions made by the authorities that how IRS should treat you. According to the provision, an IRS agent needs to behave professionally and needs to treat you in a respectful manner. Privacy and confidentiality of financial and any other personal information should not be disclosed by the IRS agent.
No matter what information has been asked by the IRS, you have a right to ask why they need this particular information and how this information will be used by them. You should always be ready with the documents to prove the tax relief, deductions and tax exemptions declared by you were genuine. Remember, you should not give originals to the agent. If audit proves that you owe money to the IRS but you don’t have money to pay, you can always check if you can pay in installments. Its all depend on your communication with the agent. Be assertive not aggressive, and try to waive off the penalties as you’ve responded in time and ready to pay.