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IRS Adopts “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” 10 Provisions to be Highlighted on IRS.gov, in Publication 1, was the headline of the June 10, 2014 IRS Newswire, an email newsletter published by the Internal Revenue Service. The article begins:

IR-2014-72 June 10, 2014

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service today announced the adoption of a “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” that will become a cornerstone document to provide the nation’s taxpayers with a better understanding of their rights.

Publication 1, “Your Rights as a Taxpayer,” has been updated with the 10 rights and will be sent to millions of taxpayers this year when they receive IRS notices on issues ranging from audits to collection. The rights will also be publicly visible in all IRS facilities for taxpayers and employees to see.

Publication 1 (Rev. June 2014)





Reading this article you would think that the Taxpayer Bill of Rights was a new idea created by the Internal Revenue Services and they were doing everybody a new and great service. The IRS is doing every taxpayer a great service when they abide by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights and they are doing a great service by publishing and educating taxpayers about their rights. However, it is always beneficial to know a little history.