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The Right to Finality — Taxpayer Bill of Rights #6

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Mar 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of the basic rights from the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, that all taxpayers are entitled to when dealing with the IRS, is the right to finality

Taxpayers that have been audited by the IRS or have other disputes are entitled to the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. 

For taxpayers who are in the process of an audit, here's what they should know about the right to finality:

•Taxpayers have the right to know:

  • The maximum amount of time they have to challenge the IRS's position.
  • The maximum amount of time the IRS has to audit a particular tax year or collect a tax debt.
  • When the IRS has finished an audit.

•The IRS generally has three years from the date taxpayers file their returns to assess any additional tax for that tax year.

•There are some limited exceptions to the three-year rule, including when taxpayers fail to file returns for specific years or file false or fraudulent returns. In these cases, the IRS has an unlimited amount of time to assess tax for that tax year.

•The IRS generally has 10 years from the assessment date to collect unpaid taxes. This 10-year period cannot be extended, except for taxpayers who enter into installment agreements or the IRS obtains court judgments.

•There are circumstances when the 10-year collection period may be suspended. This can happen when the IRS cannot collect money due to the taxpayer's bankruptcy or there's an ongoing collection due process proceeding involving the taxpayer. 

•A statutory notice of deficiency is a letter proposing additional tax the taxpayer owes. This notice must include the deadline for filing a petition with the tax court to challenge the amount proposed. 

•Generally, a taxpayer will only be subject to one audit per tax year. However, the IRS may reopen an audit for a previous tax year, if the IRS finds it necessary. This could happen, for example, if a taxpayer files a fraudulent return.

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 Are you being audited by the IRS or have outstanding tax liability?  Reliable Tax Attorney is a Maryland Tax Attorney representing clients nationwide before the IRS and various tax agencies. For more information on how our office can assist you with your tax problems, please call 443-345-8291. 

About the Author

Juda Gabaie

Juda Gabaie Esq. has dedicated his career in defending clients nationwide to resolve tax disputes before the Internal Revenue Service and the state taxing agencies. Juda has represented clients before the US Tax Court, Maryland Tax Court, and Comptroller of MD hearing compliance. As an adjunct prof...

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