September 14, 2016
Tax Tip: Rules for Home Office Deductions

Do You Know About the Taxpayer Advocate Service?

Taxpayer Advocate Service The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent office within the IRS that acts as an ombudsman for taxpayer issues at the IRS. The TAS can help taxpayers whose problems are causing financial difficulty and who have tried to resolve issues through the normal channels. The TAS is open to all taxpayers, including businesses and foreign residents of the U.S., and services are always free. The IRS has adopted a list of fundamental rights that all taxpayers should know: Taxpayer Bill of Rights The Right to Be Informed. The Right to Quality Service. The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax. The Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard. The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum. The Right to Finality. The Right to Privacy. The Right to Confidentiality. The Right to Retain Representation. The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System. The TAS has a Taxpayer Toolkit available at that can help you understand how these rights may apply in specific situations. To contact the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service, visit the office in your state or call toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. Tip courtesy of