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Taxpayer Advocacy Service – A Powerless Agency

6 Sep

They who are paid to help taxpayers being dealt unfairly by the IRS have no power to do anything. It is just another waste of money by the government. Here is the text of my email to an organization called American Citizens Abroad who have been trying, in vain, to help me in my plight.

I have just called and spoken to Rosty Shiller who informed me, quite apologetically, that he/his office at the Tax Advocacy Service, can do nothing to help me. The IRS has been given the mandate by Congress to carry out an extensive and complete audit on anyone they so please. He did imply that this is being done to me because of their experience with people here in Israel having illegally claimed the Earned Income Exclusion on a false basis. But despite this, the IRS is not merely requiring me to prove my eligibility for this exclusion, but a complete A to Z audit. To prove to them my bone fide permanent residence in Israel would be quite easy, but they want more than this. And as Mr. Shiller says, they are acting within their legal rights. This is, in my opinion, morally wrong. Alas, nothing can be done to right the wrong. I have retained an account to represent me and will provide them with anything and everything they want. Once again, the little guy who is innocent, will get crushed under the wheels of “justice” and no one will even know or care about it — neither the IRS, not the Congress which has empowered them to do this. And when they find that nothing has been done wrong, other than, perhaps minor documentation errors, there will be no recourse. They will walk away unscathed.

Furthermore, he stated to me that I might contact my Congressman, but, alas, I, being an expat am subject to the laws passed by the US Congress, but have no representation there. Is this not TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION?