Life can become a challenge when they warn the public that their instructions and advice can’t be relied on by “Joe Taxpayer.” As odd as it might sound, this is exactly what happened. It could be the ultimate “Catch 22.” That’s because the instructions that the IRS provides aren’t actually part of IRS law. Click here to read or watch more IRS Help resources.
This means that you can get yourself into a sticky mess, claim that your position is justified be a particular set of tax instructions, and still lose your case. This can happen even if your claim or explanation is found to be credible.
And to make matters worse, very few courts have the IRS to task when their own publications and instructions have been cited. The consumer usually loses his or her case. It’s a little mind boggling when you consider that even toy manufacturers are held accountable for their toy’s instructions. Many feel that it’s absurd, and that the IRS should be held to the same high standards.
There’s a downside for sure, but the upside is that you always have the option of hiring a tax attorney to help you navigate the tax concourse. The smart thing would be to find your tax attorney before you actually need one.