Do you think that the Internal Revenue Service (I.R.S.) assessed and billed you incorrectly? Do you think that they made procedural mistakes, in relation to your tax bill? Did you know that there are ways to discover those procedural mistakes? The Freedom of Information Act (F.O.I.A.) and the Privacy Act are federal laws that help you accomplish this. The Acts are a body of disclosure laws, allowing you to request the government for records pertaining to yourself.
Additionally, the laws afford you an opportunity to amend a record and acquire agency confidential manuals. The latter are important and are very useful tools to help you determine if there were lapses in procedure pertaining to you. You can collect $1,000 for each document that you are entitled to and yet did not receive, after timely and proper FOIA and/or Privacy Act Request.
These laws were created and passed to guarantee citizens access to an immense amount of information. It helps ensure that the government and its officials, including the President, cannot develop secret laws and agency procedures. This makes any manual available to the public, as there should be no hidden agenda. These laws make sure that agencies toe the line or suffer exposure of agency misconduct.
Both F.O.I.A. and Privacy Act contain exceptions. These include information maintained by the Central Intelligence Agency or another agency whose principal function is the enforcement of criminal laws. There are several other exemptions which exempt information in the interest of national defense, foreign policy and privacy of Federal government employees and members of the Armed Services.
Do not be surprised if you find the government agency stalling or denying your request. These laws are powerful and useful tools but wielding them requires familiarity, experience and knowledge. Imagine if there was a book containing templates of letters, requests, appeals and demands that make the process simple and safe for you? Well that Book is the “Boston Tea Party”. Moreover, such templates regarding the F.O.I.A. and the Privacy Act are just part of a single chapter.
If you feel that the IRS owes you an explanation, just pull out the necessary letter (the book is over 300 pages) and let Michael Ioane’s experience and expertise be your guide, allow the law to act in your favor.