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Who Are the Taxpayers?


Taxpayers are the individuals or legal entities that are required to pay taxes. A taxpayer, according to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and tax law, can be an individual, a corporation, a partnership, a trust, an estate, a joint – stock company, a syndicate, a pool, a joint venture, a group, or an unincorporated organization or group. No matter the specific type of legal entity, the burden remains with the entity to discharge the liability for the tax burden.

The funds and fees charged to a taxpayer are used to fund government fees and expenditures.

Taxpayers may be eligible for tax credits or refunds if they meet particular qualifications that have been established in law. For individual taxpayers, they may be able to be relieved of some of their tax burden according to their income levels.

Corporate taxpayers may find their tax burdens alleviated if they are involved in particular fields that the jurisdiction assessing those particular taxes in the region in which the taxpayer in question is located or conducts their business.

There are a wide variety of organizations that have developed in order to try to help taxpayers find ways to have to pay lower taxes. Some of these tax payer organizations focus on the struggles of tax payers in a particular state, although others have expanded to take up the fight of tax payers on a national level.

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