A repeated call for enumerated taxpayer rights
Since at least 2007, Olson has repeatedly recommended that Congress enact a comprehensive Taxpayer Bill of Rights to address some of these concerns. Although the existing tax laws already provide taxpayers with a wide range of rights, Olson points out that most taxpayers are unaware of those rights because they are not presented in any single, unified and accessible format.
Perhaps because taxpayer rights are enumerated in a scattered and inaccessible manner, fewer than half of taxpayers surveyed by the Taxpayer Advocate Service in 2012 said they knew they had any rights at all when interacting with the IRS. Meanwhile, just over one in ten taxpayers surveyed said they knew what those rights were.
In 2014, the IRS adopted an administrative version of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights that Olson has recommended to Congress. The rights enumerated there include, among others:
- The right to be informed
- The right to pay no more than the amount of tax owed
- The right to challenge an IRS decision
- The right to privacy
Olson has praised the measure and renewed her call for Congress to pass similar provisions at the legislative level.
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