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6 things to remember when dealing with the IRS (know your rights)

Updated: Nov 3, 2022

The IRS can be a big scary monster and it can be difficult to face it alone. The good thing is, you don't have to!

Dealing with the IRS

There are many instances when you might come up against the IRS. But in any case you always retain the right for representation.

1. Get Representation

Taxpayers have the right to retain an authorized representative of their choice to represent them in their dealings with the IRS.

2. Send someone else

Taxpayers who are heading to an interview with the IRS may select someone to represent them.

3. You don't have to go unless summoned

Taxpayers who retain representation don't have to attend with their representative unless the IRS formally summons them to appear.

4. It's not too late

In most situations, the IRS must suspend an interview if the taxpayer requests to consult with a representative, such as an attorney, certified public accountant or enrolled agent.

5. Not limited to attorneys

Any attorney, CPA, enrolled agent, enrolled actuary or other person permitted to represent a taxpayer before the IRS, who's not disbarred or suspended from practice before the IRS, may submit a written power of attorney to represent a taxpayer before the IRS.

6. Don't have the money? No worries.

Taxpayers have the right to seek assistance from an LITC if they can't afford representation. They can find a LITC near them by visiting the Low Income Taxpayer Clinics page or by calling the IRS toll-free at 800-829-3676. In addition, LITCs can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Services are offered for free or a small fee.


Don't let your limited knowledge or the IRS or tax law hold you back from getting proper representation. All you need to do is find someone to represent you. You're not alone.

This blog post is not a substitute for legal or financial advice and is not liable for any misinformation that may have been provided.


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