IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) new 8/29/07

This site is NOT the official IRS site (www.irs.gov) and you should contact TAS directly (see below) by phone or facsimile to seek assistance unless you have retained me to represent you before the IRS.

The TAS

TAS is an independent organization within the IRS, led by the National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA). TAS helps individual and business taxpayers resolve problems with the IRS by:

Each state has at least one Local Taxpayer Advocate, who is independent of the local IRS office and reports directly to the NTA.

Who may use TAS ?

You may request the free assistance from TAS if you:

Qualification to request assistance

You may request the assistance of TAS if:

How do I reach a taxpayer advocate ?

Form 911 is available by phone at 1-800-829-3676, or on the IRS Internet web page at http://www.irs.gov/. Fax or mail this form to one of the TAS offices.

Address and phone numbers may change over time, but the most current information is always available on the TAS home page of the IRS internet web site. Fax numbers are also listed.

Correspondence should be sent to the: "Taxpayer Advocate Service, Internal Revenue Service". Street addresses should be used for correspondence sent by courier.

What can I expect from the taxpayer advocate ?

Your assigned case advocate will:

You can expect your case advocate to give you:

What information should I provide to the taxpayer advocate ?

If you want to authorize another person to discuss or receive information about your case, send Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative, or Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization. You can get these forms at most local IRS offices, at the IRS web site, http://www.irs.gov, or by calling 1-800-829-3676

Is the information I provide to TAS confidential ?

TAS is independent within the IRS. The law requires each TAS office to secure and maintain means of communication independent of other IRS offices. Each local office has a separate phone, fax, and mailing address. TAS has the discretion to not disclose to the IRS any information you give it, or even inform the IRS that you’ve contacted TAS. In general, however, to provide you with assistance or relief, TAS will likely have to disclose the information to an IRS employee or employees.

How else does the TAS help taxpayers ?

Systemic Advocacy:

The Office of Systemic Advocacy is part of the larger TAS organization. Systemic advocacy means addressing broad issues that impact groups of taxpayers, including both individuals and businesses.

These issues:

The Office of Systemic Advocacy works within the IRS to resolve issues involving procedures and policies. If a problem requires a legislative solution, the NTA may recommend a change in the Annual Report to Congress.

Taxpayers, tax professionals, and other interested parties can direct systemic issues to TAS web site, click on the link “What Is Systemic Advocacy ?” and follow the instructions for submitting an issue. If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-800-TAX FORM to obtain the Systemic Advocacy Issue Submission Form (Form 14411), and fax it to 202-622-3125.

Low Income Taxpayer Clinics:

If you are a low income taxpayer and cannot afford professional tax assistance, you may qualify for help from Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). LITCs are operated by tax exempt organizations or programs at accredited law, business, and accounting schools. LITCs represent low income taxpayers before the IRS and inform individuals for whom English is a second language about their federal income tax responsibilities for free or for a nominal charge.

To find the clinic nearest you, see the LITC pages or IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List.

To learn more about the grant program, call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 and order a free copy of IRS Publication 3319, LITC Grant Application Package and Guidelines. Publication 3319 is also available on the IRS web site at http://www.irs.gov/.

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

The TAS works directly with taxpayers through the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP). TAP is an independent panel of citizen volunteers who listen to taxpayers, identify taxpayers’ issues, and make suggestions for improving IRS service and customer satisfaction. Contact TAP at:1-888-912-1227 or http://www.improveirs.org/.

The TAS YouTube channel is available at www.youtube.com/TASNTA new 4/15/11

TAS Directory

Address and phone numbers may change over time, but the most current information is always available on the TAS home page of the IRS internet web site.

Area Offices

Address and phone numbers may change over time, but the most current information is always available on the TAS home page of the IRS internet web site.

Systemic Advocacy

Address and phone numbers may change over time, but the most current information is always available on the TAS home page of the IRS internet web site.

Campus Offices

Address and phone numbers may change over time, but the most current information is always available on the TAS home page of the IRS internet web site.

Local Offices by State and Location

Address and phone numbers may change over time, but the most current information is always available on the TAS home page of the IRS internet web site: http://www.irs.gov/advocate/.