If you’ve been the victim of misinformation or tampered records, or you have noticed any discrepancies in official IRS documents, you have rights.
You can request your official information, which may contribute to tax relief. First enacted in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act gave people the right to access federal records and information not previously available. It was amended in 1996 to make many types of records available online as well.
You also have the right to request information that you think is affecting you. Furthermore, you can request the reasons as to why a certain action was taken against you. There are limits as to what information you can request, and proper procedures must be followed. Any information requests that conflict in any way with the public interest or violate the right to privacy of other citizens will not be fulfilled.
A FOIA request is particularly helpful in cases where criminal proceedings are underway and can unearth facts that might turn the tides in your favor. Since criminal proceedings only take place in severe cases, a well-crafted FOIA request could potentially save an innocent taxpayer from being wrongly prosecuted.
The Freedom of Information Act gives citizens the power to know exactly what the IRS finds problematic with their tax returns on file, so they can plan better strategies for tax relief. In rare cases, a Freedom of Information request might completely remove tax debts. The IRS may not share every detail with you, and is obviously limited to relevant information that doesn’t include their practices and processes. Such situations are best handled by the professionals with years of experience.
If you think you’ve been damaged by faulty information in whole or in part, Long Island Tax Resolution Services can help you. We will guide you through the process and work to correct the situation.
Contact us today to learn more about how you can exercise your Freedom of Information rights with the IRS.