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Taxpayers Rights Being Violated Says TIGTA

Submitted by admin on Wed, 7/28/2010 - 12:00 am

July 9th, 2010, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) announced that immediate actions are needed to protect taxpayer rights regarding IRS tax liens.

When the IRS files a notice of Federal Tax Lien, they MUST notify the taxpayer in writing within 5 business days of the lien filing, and if the taxpayer has hired representation, their representatives are also to be notified of the filing. TIGTA has determined that many taxpayers’ rights to appeal the filing of the tax lien may have been jeopardized by the lack of proper notification.

TIGTA estimates that 60,675 taxpayer representatives may NOT have been provided lien notices for their clients. TIGTA has made compliance recommendations to the IRS, and IRS officials have agreed and are planning corrective actions.

We believe the TIGTA report here is only a drop in the bucket of the violations regarding the notification of taxpayer representatives from our own personal experiences at Tax Tiger.

Read the full Treasury Inspector General report here.