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Hnr Block ComHnr block com 11. Hnr block com Your Rights as a Taxpayer Table of Contents Declaration of Taxpayer Rights Examinations, Appeals, Collections, and RefundsBy mail. Hnr block com By interview. Hnr block com Repeat examinations. Hnr block com The first part of this chapter explains some of your most important rights as a taxpayer. Hnr block com The second part explains the examination, appeal, collection, and refund processes. Hnr block com Declaration of Taxpayer Rights Protection of your rights. Hnr block com IRS employees will explain and protect your rights as a taxpayer throughout your contact with us. Hnr block com Privacy and confidentiality. Hnr block com The IRS will not disclose to anyone the information you give us, except as authorized by law. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com Professional and courteous service. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com Representation. Hnr block com You can either represent yourself or, with proper written authorization, have someone else represent you in your place. Hnr block com Your representative must be a person allowed to practice before the IRS, such as an attorney, certified public accountant, or enrolled agent. Hnr block com If you are in an interview and ask to consult such a person, then we must stop and reschedule the interview in most cases. Hnr block com You can have someone accompany you at an interview. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com Payment of only the correct amount of tax. Hnr block com You are responsible for paying only the correct amount of tax due under the law—no more, no less. Hnr block com If you cannot pay all of your tax when it is due, you may be able to make monthly installment payments. Hnr block com Help with unresolved tax problems. Hnr block com The Taxpayer Advocate Service can help you if you have tried unsuccessfully to resolve a problem with the IRS. Hnr block com Your local Taxpayer Advocate can offer you special help if you have a significant hardship as a result of a tax problem. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com Appeals and judicial review. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com You can also ask a court to review your case. Hnr block com Relief from certain penalties and interest. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com We will waive interest that is the result of certain errors or delays caused by an IRS employee. Hnr block com Examinations, Appeals, Collections, and Refunds Examinations (audits). Hnr block com We accept most taxpayers' returns as filed. Hnr block com If we inquire about your return or select it for examination, it does not suggest that you are dishonest. Hnr block com The inquiry or examination may or may not result in more tax. Hnr block com We may close your case without change; or, you may receive a refund. Hnr block com The process of selecting a return for examination usually begins in one of two ways. Hnr block com First, we use computer programs to identify returns that may have incorrect amounts. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com Second, we use information from outside sources that indicates that a return may have incorrect amounts. Hnr block com These sources may include newspapers, public records, and individuals. Hnr block com If we determine that the information is accurate and reliable, we may use it to select a return for examination. Hnr block com Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund, explains the rules and procedures that we follow in examinations. Hnr block com The following sections give an overview of how we conduct examinations. Hnr block com By mail. Hnr block com We handle many examinations and inquiries by mail. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com You can respond by mail or you can request a personal interview with an examiner. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com Please do not hesitate to write to us about anything you do not understand. Hnr block com By interview. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com If our examiner proposes any changes to your return, he or she will explain the reasons for the changes. Hnr block com If you do not agree with these changes, you can meet with the examiner's supervisor. Hnr block com Repeat examinations. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com Appeals. Hnr block com If you do not agree with the examiner's proposed changes, you can appeal them to the Appeals Office of the IRS. Hnr block com Most differences can be settled without expensive and time-consuming court trials. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com S. Hnr block com Tax Court, U. Hnr block com S. Hnr block com Court of Federal Claims, or the U. Hnr block com S. Hnr block com District Court where you live. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com Collections. Hnr block com Publication 594, The IRS Collection Process, explains your rights and responsibilities regarding payment of federal taxes. Hnr block com It describes: What to do when you owe taxes. Hnr block com It describes what to do if you get a tax bill and what to do if you think your bill is wrong. Hnr block com It also covers making installment payments, delaying collection action, and submitting an offer in compromise. Hnr block com IRS collection actions. Hnr block com It covers liens, releasing a lien, levies, releasing a levy, seizures and sales, and release of property. Hnr block com Your collection appeal rights are explained in detail in Publication 1660, Collection Appeal Rights. Hnr block com Innocent spouse relief. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com Do not file Form 8857 with your Form 1040. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com Refunds. Hnr block com You can file a claim for refund if you think you paid too much tax. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com 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. Hnr block com Publication 556, Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund, has more information on refunds. 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Japan 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami – U.S. Government Information
The EPA has its radiation air monitoring (RadNet) data, frequently asked questions, and other resources on http://www.epa.gov/japan2011/. Here you can:
- Read the daily data summary.
- Find a map of air monitoring stations and view graphs of the data.
- View laboratory analyses of air, precipitation, milk, and drinking water.
- Read frequently asked questions about EPA's radiation monitoring.
- Learn about EPA's RadNet radiation air monitoring data.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has deemed that based on current information, there is no risk to the U.S. food supply.
In response to the ongoing situation in Japan, the EPA has taken steps to increase the level of nationwide monitoring of milk, precipitation, drinking water, and other potential exposure routes.
Results from a screening sample taken March 25 from Spokane, WA detected 0.8 pCi/L of iodine-131, which is more than 5,000 times lower than the Derived Intervention Level set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- These types of findings are to be expected in the coming days and are far below levels of public health concern, including for infants and children.
- Iodine-131 has a very short half-life of approximately eight days, and the level detected in milk and milk products is therefore expected to drop relatively quickly.
Radiation is all around us in our daily lives, and these findings are a miniscule amount compared to what people experience every day. For example, people are exposed to low levels of radiation on round trip cross country flights, watching television, and even from construction materials.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has jurisdiction over 80 percent of the food supply, including seafood, dairy, and produce. The U.S. Department of Agriculture regulates meat, poultry, and processed egg products, while FDA regulates all other food products.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has stated that Japan has not exported any beef products to the United States for nearly a year.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has stated that Japan is not currently eligible to export any poultry or processed egg products to the U.S.
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Customs and Border Protection carefully screen all food products for unsafe substances, including radiological material at Ports of Entry.
- Learn more about keeping food safe during an emergency.
Potassium Iodide (KI)
- Only take KI on the advice of emergency management officials, public health officials, or your doctor.
- There are health risks associated with taking KI.
Food, Mail, Ships, and Cargo from Japan
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is monitoring developments in Japan carefully and uses several types of radiation detection equipment in air and sea ports, mail facilities, and elsewhere to ensure safety.
- CBP and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration carefully screen all food products for unsafe substances, including radiological material, at Ports of Entry.
- All inbound travelers, baggage, and cargo are screened for radiological materials.
- CBP employs radiation monitors at international mail facilities.
American Embassy in Japan
All U.S. citizens in Japan should continue to carefully monitor the situation and follow the guidance of the U.S. and Japanese governments.
- If you are seeking assistance, contact the U.S. Embassy and Consulates.
- Provide information about yourself or your loved ones to the U.S. State Department.
- If you're concerned about a U.S. citizen in Japan, contact the State Department at 1.888.407.4747 within the U.S. or 1.202.501.4444 outside the U.S.
The U.S. government has authorized the voluntary departure from Japan of eligible family members of U.S. government personnel assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, the U.S. Consulate in Nagoya, the Foreign Service Institute Field School in Yokohama, and U.S. Forces Japan.
- The U.S. government has issued an evacuation for U.S. citizens who are within 50 miles of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
- If you are seeking assistance, contact the U.S Embassy and Consulates.
Travel to and from Japan
The tragic events in Japan remind us that disasters can strike at any time. The best way to make sure your family is taken care of when disaster strikes is to be prepared.
- Earthquake in Japan – See facts from the U.S. Geological Survey about the 9.0 earthquake.
- Earthquake Preparedness and Response – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides helpful tips on how to prepare for an earthquake and what to do during a quake.
- Earthquakes, Flooding, and Radiation – The National Institutes of Health provides information and resources about natural disasters and their effects.
- Tsunami Health Effects – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes the immediate, secondary, and long-term health effects of a tsunami.
- Tsunami Preparedness – The Federal Emergency Management Agency explains what a tsunami is and provides guidance on what to do during a tsunami watch or warning.
- Radiation – Read about the assistance and expertise that the U.S. Department of Energy is providing to Japanese response and recovery efforts.