7 Things to Know About the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS)

Larry Villano, Publisher of Loopholelewy.com

If you're having tax problems that need to be resolved but don't know where to turn or can't afford expensive CPAs. Check out the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS). It's free.

Here's some helpful information about the TAS:

  1. The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS and is your voice at the IRS.
  2. TAS services are always free.
  3. The TAS helps taxpayers whose problems are causing financial difficulty. This includes businesses as well as individuals.
  4. You may be eligible for help if you’ve tried to resolve your tax problem through normal IRS channels and have gotten nowhere, or you believe an IRS procedure just isn't working as it should.
  5. The IRS has adopted a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which may be downloaded in pdf format, that includes 10 fundamental rights that every taxpayer has when interacting with the IRS.
  6. If you qualify for help, you’ll be assigned to one advocate who will be with you at every turn.
  7. TAS has at least one local taxpayer advocate office in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. You can call your advocate, whose number is in your local directory, in Pub. 1546, Taxpayer Advocate Service and on irs.gov/advocate. You can also call toll-free at 877-777-4778.