Taxpayer Bill of Rights 9: Your Right to Retain Representation

Taxpayer Bill of Rights 9: Your Right to Retain Representation

By Dave Horwedel, EA, the founder of Torchlight Tax

You have the right to choose an authorized representative of your choice to act on your behalf in your dealings with the IRS.

Enrolled Agents, like Tax Attorneys, have unlimited rights or representation before the IRS. Enrolled Agents are licensed by the federal government and can represent taxpayers in all 50 states, and, indeed, Americans around the world, before the IRS.

You don’t have to face the IRS alone.

We can also help you in tax planning and doing your tax returns to minimize your liability. IRS Representation includes negotiating or settling IRS debt on the most favorable terms, representing you in an audit, and doing IRS levy and lien defense.

The IRS article below gives valuable data on IRS Representation and is well worth reading. However, some taxpayers do not want to read ANYTHING from the IRS.  So if you need some assistance dealing with the IRS, contact Torchlight Tax for a free consultation at 1-877-758-7797 or via email at You can also visit our Torchlight Tax blog or the Torchlight Tax YouTube Channel to learn about taxes so you can better handle tax matters.

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Below is the article from the IRS website verbatim.

Taxpayer Bill of Rights 9: The Right to Retain Representation

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights is a cornerstone document that highlights the 10 fundamental rights taxpayers have when dealing with the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS wants every taxpayer to be aware of these rights in the event they need to work with the IRS on a personal tax matter. The IRS continues to publicly highlight these rights to taxpayers. The IRS also regularly reminds its employees about these rights. The IRS expects employees to understand and apply taxpayer rights throughout every encounter with taxpayers.

IRS Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer, includes a full list of taxpayers’ rights.

It includes The Right to Retain Representation.

Taxpayers have the right to retain an authorized representative of their choice to represent them in their dealings with the IRS. Taxpayers have the right to seek assistance from a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic if they cannot afford representation.

What you can expect:

  • You may select a person, such as an attorney, certified public accountant or enrolled agentto represent you in an interview with the IRS. You do not have to attend with your representative unless the IRS formally summons you to appear.
  • In most situations, the IRS must suspend an interview if you request to consult with a representative, such as an attorney, CPA or enrolled agent.
  • You may have any attorney, CPA, enrolled agent, enrolled actuary, or any other person allowed to represent taxpayers before the IRS submit a written power of attorney to represent you. The person must not be disbarred or suspended from practice before the IRS.
  • If your income is below a certain level, you may ask a Low Income Taxpayer Clinicto represent you in your tax dispute before the IRS or a federal court. The services are free or for a minimal fee. Many LITCs offer services in languages other than English. Although LITCs get partial funding from the IRS, LITCs, their employees and their volunteers are independent of the IRS.

To find out more about the TBOR and what it means to you visit the Taxpayer Advocate Service’s website.

By making this important publication available in multiple languages, the IRS hopes to increase the number of Americans who know and understand their rights under the tax law. The IRS has more tax information in other languages too. See the “Languages” menu at the bottom of any page.

The IRS also is committed to protecting taxpayers’ civil rights. The IRS will not tolerate discrimination based on age, color, disability, race, reprisal, national origin, English proficiency, religion, sex, sexual orientation or status as a parent. This includes any contact with IRS employees and the staff or volunteers at community sites.

If a taxpayer faces discrimination, they can send a written complaintPDF to the IRS Civil Rights Division.

Contact Torchlight Tax at 877-758-7797 or for a free consultation.

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