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The Right to Privacy: Taxpayer Bill of Rights #7 

Posted by Juda Gabaie | Apr 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The right to privacy is one of ten rights the Taxpayer Bill of Rights gives all taxpayers.

Some details about what taxpayers can expect in regards to the right to privacy:

  • The IRS cannot seize certain personal items, such as books, clothing and undelivered mail.

  • The IRS cannot seize a personal residence without first getting court approval. Must show there is no reasonable alternative for collecting the tax debt.   
  • In an audit, if the IRS finds no reasonable indication that a taxpayer has no unreported income, the agency will not seek intrusive and extraneous information about the taxpayer's lifestyle.  

  • A taxpayer can expect that the IRS's collection actions are no more intrusive than necessary. During a collection due process hearing, the Office of Appeals must balance that expectation with IRS's proposed collection action and the overall need for efficient tax collection.  

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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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