The right to privacy is one of ten rights in the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Taxpayers have the right to expect that any IRS action will comply with the law and be no more intrusive than necessary. The IRS must respect all due process rights, including search and seizure and a due process hearing where applicable.


1. The IRS cannot seize personal items, such as schoolbooks, clothing and undelivered mail.
2. The IRS cannot seize your personal residence without first getting court approval, and the IRS must show there is no reasonable alternative for collecting the tax debt.
3. Taxpayers who submit a Doubt as to Liability Offer in Compromise do not need to submit any financial documentation.
4. During an audit, if the IRS finds no reasonable indication that a taxpayer has no unreported income, the agency will not seek intrusive and extraneous information about the taxpayer’s lifestyle.
5. A taxpayer can expect that the IRS’s collection actions to be no more intrusive than necessary. During a collection due process hearing, the Office of Appeals must balance the IRS’s proposed collection action and the overall need for efficient tax collection.

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If you have tax questions, please consult an attorney for more information. An attorney can guide you through this process and help you to avoid common taxpayer mistakes.

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Taxpayer Rights

IRS Privacy Policy

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Privacy Act of 1974