Taxpayer Bill of Rights (Part XIII): The IRS has adopted a Taxpayer Bill of Rights as proposed by prior National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson 

Bill of Right #8: The Right to Confidentiality 

Taxpayers have the right to expect that any information they provide to the IRS will not be disclosed unless authorized by the taxpayer or by law. Taxpayers have the right to expect the IRS to investigate and take appropriate action against its employees, return preparers, and others who wrongfully use or disclose taxpayer return information. 

What This Means for You 

· In general, the IRS may not disclose your tax information to third parties unless you give it permission, e.g., you request that we disclose information in connection with a mortgage or student loan application. IRC § 6103 

· If a tax return preparer discloses or uses your tax information for any purpose other than for tax preparation, the preparer may be subject to civil penalties. If the disclosure or improper use is done knowingly or recklessly, the preparer may also be subject to criminal fines and imprisonment. IRC §§ 6713, 7216 

More information next week on Right 8 (IRS NTA web site) (TTT 12/01/2020)