1040 Ez Instructions 2015 Page 27


and penalties on your joint return. However, you may qualify for
You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of
relief from liability for tax on a joint return if (a) there is an under-
adverse action.
statement of tax because your spouse omitted income or claim-
You’ve tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has re-
ed false deductions or credits, (b) you are divorced, separated,
sponded, or the IRS hasn’t responded by the date promised.
or no longer living with your spouse, or (c) given all the facts and
circumstances, it wouldn't be fair to hold you liable for the tax.
How can you reach us?
File Form 8857 to request relief. In some cases, Form 8857 may
We have offices in
every state, the District of Columbia, and
need to be filed within 2 years of the date on which the IRS first
Rico. Your local advocate's number is at
attempted to collect the tax from you. Do not file Form 8857 with
TaxpayerAdvocate.irs.gov, at , and in your
your Form 1040EZ. For more information, see Pub. 971 and
local directory. You can also call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778.
Form 8857 or you can call the Innocent Spouse office toll-free at
How can you learn about your taxpayer rights?
The Taxpayer Bill of Rights describes ten basic rights that all tax-
How do you make a gift to reduce debt held by the public?
payers have when dealing with the IRS. Our Tax Toolkit at
If you wish to do so, make a check payable to “Bureau of the Fis-
can help you understand
what these
cal Service.” You can send it to:
rights mean to you
and how they apply. These are your rights.
Bureau of the Fiscal Service
Know them. Use them.
Attn Dept G
P.O. Box 2188
How else does the Taxpayer Advocate Service help
Parkersburg, WV 26106-2188
TAS works to resolve large-scale problems that affect many tax-
Or you can enclose the check with your income tax return when
payers. If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it
you file. In the memo section of the check, note that it is a gift to
to us at
reduce the debt held by the public. Do not add your gift to any
tax you may owe. See the instructions for line 14 for details on
Low Income Taxpayer Clinics Help Taxpayers
how to pay any tax you owe.
Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) are independent from the
For information on how to make this gift online, go to
IRS. Some serve individuals whose income is below a certain
and click on “How To Make a Contribu-
level and who need to resolve a tax problem. These clinics pro-
tion to Reduce the Debt.”
vide professional representation before the IRS or in court on au-
You may be able to deduct this gift on your 2016 tax
dits, appeals, tax collection disputes, and other issues for free or
for a small fee. Some clinics provide information about taxpayer
rights and responsibilities in many different languages for indi-
viduals who speak English as a second language. For more in-
formation, and to find a clinic near you, read the LITC page on
The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here To Help
or Pub. 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List.
You can get this publication at your local IRS office or by calling
What is the Taxpayer Advocate Service?
Suggestions for Improving the IRS
The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organ-
Taxpayer Advocacy Panel
ization within the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that helps tax-
Have a suggestion for improving the IRS and do not know who
payers and protects taxpayer rights. Our job is to ensure that ev-
ery taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand
to contact? The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) is a diverse
group of citizen volunteers who listen to taxpayers, identify tax-
your rights under the
Taxpayer Bill of
payers' issues, and make suggestions for improving IRS service
and customer satisfaction. The panel is demographically and
What can the Taxpayer Advocate Service do for you?
geographically diverse, with at least one member from each
We can help you resolve problems that you can’t resolve with
state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Contact TAP at
the IRS. And our service is free. If you qualify for our assistance,
or 1-888-912-1227 (toll-free).
your advocate will be with you at every turn and do everything
possible. TAS can help you if:
Your problem is causing financial difficulty for you, your fam-
ily, or your business.
Instructions for Form 1040EZ


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