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2012 1040 Tax Form

2012 1040 tax form 11. 2012 1040 tax form   Your Rights as a Taxpayer Table of Contents Declaration of Taxpayer Rights Examinations, Appeals, Collections, and RefundsBy mail. 2012 1040 tax form By interview. 2012 1040 tax form Repeat examinations. 2012 1040 tax form The first part of this chapter explains some of your most important rights as a taxpayer. 2012 1040 tax form The second part explains the examination, appeal, collection, and refund processes. 2012 1040 tax form Declaration of Taxpayer Rights Protection of your rights. 2012 1040 tax form   IRS employees will explain and protect your rights as a taxpayer throughout your contact with us. 2012 1040 tax form Privacy and confidentiality. 2012 1040 tax form   The IRS will not disclose to anyone the information you give us, except as authorized by law. 2012 1040 tax form You have the right to know why we are asking you for information, how we will use it, and what happens if you do not provide requested information. 2012 1040 tax form Professional and courteous service. 2012 1040 tax form   If you believe that an IRS employee has not treated you in a professional, fair, and courteous manner, you should tell that employee's supervisor. 2012 1040 tax form If the supervisor's response is not satisfactory, you should write to the IRS director for your area or the center where you file your return. 2012 1040 tax form Representation. 2012 1040 tax form   You can either represent yourself or, with proper written authorization, have someone else represent you in your place. 2012 1040 tax form Your representative must be a person allowed to practice before the IRS, such as an attorney, certified public accountant, or enrolled agent. 2012 1040 tax form If you are in an interview and ask to consult such a person, then we must stop and reschedule the interview in most cases. 2012 1040 tax form   You can have someone accompany you at an interview. 2012 1040 tax form You can make sound recordings of any meetings with our examination, appeal, or collection personnel, provided you tell us in writing 10 days before the meeting. 2012 1040 tax form Payment of only the correct amount of tax. 2012 1040 tax form   You are responsible for paying only the correct amount of tax due under the law—no more, no less. 2012 1040 tax form If you cannot pay all of your tax when it is due, you may be able to make monthly installment payments. 2012 1040 tax form Help with unresolved tax problems. 2012 1040 tax form   The Taxpayer Advocate Service can help you if you have tried unsuccessfully to resolve a problem with the IRS. 2012 1040 tax form Your local Taxpayer Advocate can offer you special help if you have a significant hardship as a result of a tax problem. 2012 1040 tax form For more information, call toll free 1-877-777-4778 (1-800-829-4059 for TTY/TDD) or write to the Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS office that last contacted you. 2012 1040 tax form Appeals and judicial review. 2012 1040 tax form   If you disagree with us about the amount of your tax liability or certain collection actions, you have the right to ask the Appeals Office to review your case. 2012 1040 tax form You can also ask a court to review your case. 2012 1040 tax form Relief from certain penalties and interest. 2012 1040 tax form   The IRS will waive penalties when allowed by law if you can show you acted reasonably and in good faith or relied on the incorrect advice of an IRS employee. 2012 1040 tax form We will waive interest that is the result of certain errors or delays caused by an IRS employee. 2012 1040 tax form Examinations, Appeals, Collections, and Refunds Examinations (audits). 2012 1040 tax form   We accept most taxpayers' returns as filed. 2012 1040 tax form If we inquire about your return or select it for examination, it does not suggest that you are dishonest. 2012 1040 tax form The inquiry or examination may or may not result in more tax. 2012 1040 tax form We may close your case without change; or, you may receive a refund. 2012 1040 tax form   The process of selecting a return for examination usually begins in one of two ways. 2012 1040 tax form First, we use computer programs to identify returns that may have incorrect amounts. 2012 1040 tax form These programs may be based on information returns, such as Forms 1099 and W-2, on studies of past examinations, or on certain issues identified by compliance projects. 2012 1040 tax form Second, we use information from outside sources that indicates that a return may have incorrect amounts. 2012 1040 tax form These sources may include newspapers, public records, and individuals. 2012 1040 tax form If we determine that the information is accurate and reliable, we may use it to select a return for examination. 2012 1040 tax form   Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund, explains the rules and procedures that we follow in examinations. 2012 1040 tax form The following sections give an overview of how we conduct examinations. 2012 1040 tax form By mail. 2012 1040 tax form   We handle many examinations and inquiries by mail. 2012 1040 tax form We will send you a letter with either a request for more information or a reason why we believe a change to your return may be needed. 2012 1040 tax form You can respond by mail or you can request a personal interview with an examiner. 2012 1040 tax form If you mail us the requested information or provide an explanation, we may or may not agree with you, and we will explain the reasons for any changes. 2012 1040 tax form Please do not hesitate to write to us about anything you do not understand. 2012 1040 tax form By interview. 2012 1040 tax form   If we notify you that we will conduct your examination through a personal interview, or you request such an interview, you have the right to ask that the examination take place at a reasonable time and place that is convenient for both you and the IRS. 2012 1040 tax form If our examiner proposes any changes to your return, he or she will explain the reasons for the changes. 2012 1040 tax form If you do not agree with these changes, you can meet with the examiner's supervisor. 2012 1040 tax form Repeat examinations. 2012 1040 tax form   If we examined your return for the same items in either of the 2 previous years and proposed no change to your tax liability, please contact us as soon as possible so we can see if we should discontinue the examination. 2012 1040 tax form Appeals. 2012 1040 tax form   If you do not agree with the examiner's proposed changes, you can appeal them to the Appeals Office of the IRS. 2012 1040 tax form Most differences can be settled without expensive and time-consuming court trials. 2012 1040 tax form Your appeal rights are explained in detail in both Publication 5, Your Appeal Rights and How To Prepare a Protest If You Don't Agree, and Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund. 2012 1040 tax form   If you do not wish to use the Appeals Office or disagree with its findings, you may be able to take your case to the U. 2012 1040 tax form S. 2012 1040 tax form Tax Court, U. 2012 1040 tax form S. 2012 1040 tax form Court of Federal Claims, or the U. 2012 1040 tax form S. 2012 1040 tax form District Court where you live. 2012 1040 tax form If you take your case to court, the IRS will have the burden of proving certain facts if you kept adequate records to show your tax liability, cooperated with the IRS, and meet certain other conditions. 2012 1040 tax form If the court agrees with you on most issues in your case and finds that our position was largely unjustified, you may be able to recover some of your administrative and litigation costs. 2012 1040 tax form You will not be eligible to recover these costs unless you tried to resolve your case administratively, including going through the appeals system, and you gave us the information necessary to resolve the case. 2012 1040 tax form Collections. 2012 1040 tax form   Publication 594, The IRS Collection Process, explains your rights and responsibilities regarding payment of federal taxes. 2012 1040 tax form It describes: What to do when you owe taxes. 2012 1040 tax form It describes what to do if you get a tax bill and what to do if you think your bill is wrong. 2012 1040 tax form It also covers making installment payments, delaying collection action, and submitting an offer in compromise. 2012 1040 tax form IRS collection actions. 2012 1040 tax form It covers liens, releasing a lien, levies, releasing a levy, seizures and sales, and release of property. 2012 1040 tax form   Your collection appeal rights are explained in detail in Publication 1660, Collection Appeal Rights. 2012 1040 tax form Innocent spouse relief. 2012 1040 tax form   Generally, both you and your spouse are responsible, jointly and individually, for paying the full amount of any tax, interest, or penalties due on your joint return. 2012 1040 tax form To seek relief from any liability related to your spouse (or former spouse), you must file a claim on Form 8857, Request for Innocent Spouse Relief. 2012 1040 tax form In some cases, Form 8857 may need to be filed within 2 years of the date on which the IRS first attempted to collect the tax from you. 2012 1040 tax form Do not file Form 8857 with your Form 1040. 2012 1040 tax form For more information, see Publication 971, Innocent Spouse Relief, and Form 8857 or you can call the Innocent Spouse office toll-free at 1-855-851-2009. 2012 1040 tax form Refunds. 2012 1040 tax form   You can file a claim for refund if you think you paid too much tax. 2012 1040 tax form You must generally file the claim within 3 years from the date you filed your original return or 2 years from the date you paid the tax, whichever is later. 2012 1040 tax form The law generally provides for interest on your refund if it is not paid within 45 days of the date you filed your return or claim for refund. 2012 1040 tax form Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund, has more information on refunds. 2012 1040 tax form   If you were due a refund but you did not file a return, you must file within 3 years from the date the return was due (including extensions) to get that refund. 2012 1040 tax form Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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How to Forward the Header of a Phishing Email

It is important that the original communication you received is included, as well as Internet headers. The following instructions will assist you in forwarding a phishing communication to us at phishing@irs.gov.

If you receive an email or find a website you think is claiming to be the IRS

  1. Do not reply.
  2. Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer.
  3. Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious email or phishing website and entered confidential information, visit our identity protection page.

    Report email claiming to be from the IRS or bogus IRS websites to us by using the following steps
  4. Forward the email or the URL of the website to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.
  5. You can forward the email message as received or provide the Internet header of the e-mail. The Internet header has additional information to help us locate the sender.
  6. After you forward the email or header information to us, delete the message you received.

If the methods above do not work, at a minimum, please send the underlying link of the phishing website.

If the suspicious e-mail includes a file attachment, it is safer to simply highlight the message and forward it. Some configurations, especially in Windows environments, may allow the execution of arbitrary code upon opening and viewing a malicious email message.

The IRS can use the information, URLs and links in the suspicious e-mails you forward to trace the hosting website and alert authorities to help shut down the fraudulent sites.

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