Certified Public Accountant

{1:42 minutes to read} Unbeknownst to many taxpayers, you actually have a friend in the IRS. However, let's be specific. This friend does not actually work for the IRS. They are an independent organization within the IRS called The Taxpayer Advocate Service.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is there to help resolve problems. In order for a taxpayer to avail themselves of this service, the following must have occurred:

A. The problem is causing financial difficulty for you, your family, or your business;
B. You, your family, or your business is facing an immediate threat of adverse action;
C. You have tried to contact the IRS but no one has responded or they have responded much later than promised.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service will do their best to intercede on behalf of a taxpayer in such situations. There is a Taxpayer Advocate Service in every state. The best place to locate the number of your local advocate service and the answers to many of your questions is at taxpayeradvocate.irs.gov. My firm has availed itself of this service a few times and I found it to be very beneficial provided that the client fit into the categories above.

The taxpayer advocate will not help you if you have not already tried to resolve your problem. If you have tried, they are there to advocate for you if the IRS is not cooperating.

Have you ever had to use the Taxpayer Advocate Service? Please feel free to share your stories in the box below.

Stephen J. Ganns, CPA