Freedom of Info Requests for Back Taxes and Penalties

It’s critical to understand how the IRS has calculated your back taxes and fines, especially if you find yourself struggling with tax problems. As a tax-paying citizen, you have the right to access governmental records, such as your IRS files on back taxes and penalties, to understand your tax situation better. The IRS is required by law to disclose the information utilized in determining back taxes and interest.

The IRS has a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that allows citizens to request IRS records for personal use. With the freedom of information act, you will have access to public IRS data which may be very helpful in understanding your financial situation and how much money is owed to the IRS.

IRS Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Summary

The Freedom of Information Act, 5 USC 552, gives all persons the right to seek access to federal agency records or information. The FOIA covers documents in the agency’s possession or control at the moment of the request, including the Executive Office of the President and independent regulatory agencies. The Freedom of Information Act does not apply to state governments, municipal authorities, the courts, Congress, or private citizens.

While all IRS records may be requested under FOIA, the act does not require the IRS to release all documents, and the IRS may withhold information based on specific exemptions and exclusions.  These include information that may pose a threat to national security, the privacy of individual taxpayers, the proprietary interests of a business, and government functions.

How to Make a FOIA Request

To submit a request for records under the Freedom of Information Act, you must send a letter in writing to GLDS Support Services. The request must be written and hand-signed; the IRS will not accept stamped or digital signatures.

To improve your chances of getting a faster response to your request, your letter should contain the four essential elements of a FOIA request letter:

  • state the request is being made under FOIA
  • specifically identify the records that you are requesting
  • the requestor’s name and address
  • a firm commitment to pay any fees associated with FOIA requests

What are the fees applied to FOIA requests?

FOIA requesters may be charged fees to cover the costs of processing their requests under certain circumstances. As a requestor, you may be assessed one or all of the following:

  • A fixed fee to recover the cost of copying documents, copying computer tapes, photos, and other nonstandard records.
  • Fees related to the time spent searching for documents, including looking for material that is responsive to a request.
  • Costs related to the Review process involve examining documents to determine whether any part of the request should be exempted from disclosure. This only applies to commercial requesters. 

With its exemptions, exclusions, detailed requirements, and specific process of writing and sending a FOIA request, it’s understandable why many taxpayers may feel overwhelmed to request information on their back taxes and penalties. Alternatively, you can contact Golden Tax Relief today,​ and we can help you with your IRS info request for back taxes and penalties. 

Call Golden Tax Relief at 844 229 8936 today. 

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