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In her January report to Congress, National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson proposed a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, saying that many taxpayers aren’t aware of the rights they already have. A clear-cut expression of those rights, she suggested, would encourage compliance with the tax laws and help restore taxpayers’ faith in the system, which has been shaken by recent scandals at the IRS.

Taking the Bill of Rights as her model, Olson proposed a list of 10 taxpayer rights that should be formally acknowledged -- and then added a list of five taxpayer responsibilities, including our personal favorite: The Responsibility to Be Courteous (to IRS personnel, that is).