You retain some rights during an IRS audit that you may not even realize that you had. Among those rights are the right to council, the right to professional treatment, the right to question why certain information is being collected, etc. These are all highly important rights that you should know about. We are going to break them down now and see how each one impacts you during the audit process.
Your Right To Professional Treatment
The very first thing that you should understand that you have a right to is professional treatment by all IRS agents. You deserve the opportunity to have them explain things to you with the same courtesy that you would receive from anyone tasked with explaining how something works. Although many types of debt collectors are highly aggressive in the measures that they take, you do not have to put up with that when it comes to the IRS. They are not permitted to treat you with disrespect.
You Still Have The Right To An Attorney
Just as you have the right to an attorney when dealing with criminal matters, so too do you have the right to one when you are dealing with matters related to an IRS audit. You have to understand that the IRS is just a government agency. They do have a lot of power to be sure, but you do not have to give up your rights as a citizen just because you are dealing with them. They still have to treat you with care.
You Get To Know Why They Need Certain Information
The IRS can ask for whatever documents they want, but that does not mean that you are required to turn everything over. You absolutely have the right to ask why it is that they are asking you for certain items. You might just discover that they are just fishing for information that they are not entitled to have. If that is the case, then you obviously will want to put a stop to that right away. You can always ask why they need certain information and what the consequences would be to you if you did not turn over that information to them.
You Have A Right To Privacy
You are a private citizen and you have a right to that privacy. Any matters that you take up with the IRS are to remain private. They cannot go around calling your neighbors or even your spouse and asking why it is that you have not paid your taxes. They can only speak with yourself directly on this matter. If they have an issue with that, they will need to figure out another route to get the information that they require. You are not required to just turn it over to them.
Make sure you fully understand your rights before you ever step into dealing with the IRS at any capacity. They will use your lack of knowledge of these rights against you if they get half a chance.
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