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The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS. We help taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS and recommend changes that will prevent problems. TAS has many resources available to help you understand and navigate the tax system.
You may feel you need expert help to navigate the complexities of dealing with the IRS. if you qualify for assistance from the Taxpayer Advocate Service, you may be able to get that expert help for free.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) provides free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to taxpayers who generally make $56,000 or less, and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCA) offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age or older.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITC) assist low income individuals who have a tax dispute with the IRS, and provide education and outreach to individuals who speak English as a second language (ESL). They can represent you before the IRS or in court on audits, appeals, tax collection matters, and other tax disputes.
If you qualify for help, the Taxpayer Advocate Service will assign you a dedicated advocate who will help you resolve your problem(s).
If your case has been assigned to a taxpayer advocate, they’ll review your issue with independence and impartiality, and keep you updated on their progress, including anticipated timelines for actions, and more importantly they’ll advise you on how to avoid federal tax problems in the future.
Learn more about your letter or notice with the digital Taxpayer Roadmap
The IRS has adopted a Taxpayer Bill of Rights as proposed by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson. It applies to all taxpayers in their dealings with the IRS. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights groups the existing rights in the tax code into ten fundamental rights, and makes them clear, understandable, and accessible.