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The IRS cannot ask you to pay more taxes than you rightfully owe

On Behalf of | May 21, 2020 | Internal Revenue Service

Massachusetts residents may feel as though they have no power when it comes to dealing with government agencies other than those provided in the United States Constitution. Fortunately, that is not always true. Certain agencies such as the IRS must provide taxpayers with certain rights when dealing with them.

For example, number three of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights protects taxpayers from paying more than the correct amount of tax they owe. Many disputes arise due to what constitutes the “correct” amount. Exercising this right may be as simple as filing a tax return to receive a refund for the amount overpaid during the tax year. 

However, on occasion, the IRS sends notices in the mail indicating that a Massachusetts resident owes more tax along with penalties and interest. The taxpayer in question has the right to challenge that assessment. Moreover, if an individual believes there is an error on his or her tax return, that person has a chance to amend the return in question. If a taxpayer ends up being assessed interest and/or penalties due to some delay on the part of the IRS, he or she may challenge those amounts as well.

This particular taxpayer right allows individuals to make sure that they only pay the amount of taxes they actually owe. Determining the correct amount may not always be as simple as the IRS believes it is. In order to properly exercise this right, an individual may benefit from discussing the matter with an experienced tax attorney who can help achieve the best resolution possible to the situation.


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