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What is My ‘Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum?

This right can be seen on the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. In the event that a taxpayer needs to work with the IRS on a personal tax concern, the IRS wants them to be informed of their rights. These rights to taxpayers are still being emphasized publicly by the IRS. Additionally, the IRS periodically reminds its staff members of these rights. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expects workers to be aware of and uphold taxpayer rights at all times.

Most IRS decisions, including many penalties, are subject to a fair and impartial administrative appeal process, and taxpayers are also entitled to a written explanation of the Office of Appeals’ decision. In general, taxpayers have the right to litigate their claims in court.

What to Expect

The establishment of an independent IRS Office of Appeals must be guaranteed by the IRS Commissioner. It’s a different office from the one where the IRS first looked into your case. In general, Appeals won’t talk about a case with the IRS if doing so may jeopardize the organization’s independence.

Quick Fact


The independent forum for appealing IRS decisions, known as the Office of Appeals, resolves approximately 100,000 cases each year, providing taxpayers with an opportunity to present their arguments, negotiate settlements, and reach fair resolutions outside of the traditional court system.

 When Should I Call for Expert Help?

The IRS is committed to protecting the rights of taxpayers regardless of their status. However, they cannot stop you from seeking professional help and that entails invoking your right to appeal to a decision made by them in an independent forum.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Foru

The Office of Appeals is an independent branch of the IRS that provides taxpayers with an opportunity to resolve disputes with the IRS outside of the formal court system.

The Office of Appeals accepts appeals for a wide range of IRS decisions, including audits, collections, penalties, offers in compromise, and other tax-related matters.

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