The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service. TAS helps taxpayers
who are experiencing economic harm such as not being able to provide necessities like housing, transportation, or food, taxpayers
who are seeking help in resolving problems with the IRS, and those who believe an IRS system or procedure is not working as
it should. Here are seven things every taxpayer should know about TAS.
The Taxpayer Advocate Service is
your voice at the IRS. TAS service is free, confidential, and tailored to meet your needs.
You may be eligible
for TAS help if you have tried to resolve your tax problem through normal IRS channels and have gotten nowhere, or you believe
an IRS procedure just isn't working as it should.
TAS helps taxpayers whose problems are causing financial difficulty
or significant cost, including the cost of professional representation. This includes businesses as well as individuals.
TAS employees know the IRS and how to navigate it. If you qualify for TAS help, your case will be assigned to an advocate
who will listen to your problem, help you understand what needs to be done to resolve it, and stay with you every step of
the way until your problem is resolved.
There is at least one local taxpayer advocate office in every state, the District
of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. You can call your local advocate, whose number is in your phone book, in Pub. 1546, Taxpayer
Advocate Service -- Your Voice at the IRS, and on the website at www.irs.gov/advocate. You can also call toll-free number at 1-877-777-4778 or TTY/TDD 1-800-829-4059.
learn about your rights and responsibilities as a taxpayer by visiting the TAS online tax toolkit at www.taxtoolkit.irs.gov. You can get updates on hot tax topics by visiting the TAS YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/tasnta and the TAS Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/YourVoiceAtIRS, or by following TAS tweets at http://twitter.com/YourVoiceatIRS.