The Taxpayer Bill of Rights, a document that details the fundamental rights of US taxpayers when dealing with the IRS, has now been translated into six languages, the nation’s tax agency said on Tuesday.
Newly revised versions of Publication 1, Your Rights as a Taxpayer, are available on the IRS website in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese.
The IRS hopes that by making the document available in multiple languages, it will increase the number of Americans who know and understand their rights under the tax law.
Long-advocated by National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, the IRS unveiled the Taxpayer Bill of Rights in June. The document takes the multiple existing rights embedded in the US tax code and groups them into 10 broad categories, making them easier to find and understand.
Although the Taxpayer Bill of Rights isn’t legally enforceable, the IRS says taxpayers can rely on it with confidence.
“We believe that these rights are critically important for people to know and understand, and translating them into additional languages helps us reach even more taxpayers,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a written statement. “We encourage people to take a moment to read the Bill of Rights.”
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights contains the following 10 provisions:
- The Right to Be Informed
- The Right to Quality Service
- The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax
- The Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard
- The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum
- The Right to Finality
- The Right to Privacy
- The Right to Confidentiality
- The Right to Retain Representation
- The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System
The IRS has created a special section of its website to highlight the 10 rights. The website will continue to be updated with information as it becomes available.
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