Here's important info you should consider using when filing complaints against federal employees.
There is an address where complaints against agents who have stepped outside their authority and/or violated your rights may be lodged. (The address was provided to me by the local Taxpayer Advocate, and it was an office I had not heard of before, but maybe you all have.)LW
Commissioner's Complaint-Processing Analysis Group
1111 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20224.
I believe you should include IRS Form 12217 "Section 1203 Allegation Referral Form:" http://www.irs.gov/irm/part13/ch01s15.html
Part 13. Taxpayer Advocate Service Chapter 1. Taxpayer Advocate Case Procedures Section 15. Customer Complaints/RRA98 1203 Procedures ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 13.1.15 Customer Complaints/RRA98 1203 Procedures a.. 18.104.22.168 Introduction to Customer Complaints/RRA98 1203 Procedures b.. 22.214.171.124 Elements of Misconduct c.. 126.96.36.199 RRA98 1203 Employee Responsibilities d.. 188.8.131.52 Customer Complaints (Non- 1203 Allegations) e.. Exhibit 13.1.15-1 Form 12217, Section 1203 Allegation Referral Form 184.108.40.206 (10-31-2004) Introduction to Customer Complaints/RRA98 1203 Procedures 1.. Complaints about IRS employee conduct should be evaluated and acted upon according to the procedures described in RRA '98 1203 Procedural Handbook (Document 11043). This document will be revised to reflect the discontinuance of the Customer Feedback System (CFS) and Form 10004 which is now obsolete. a.. Allegations determined to be potential 1203 violations will be sent to TIGTA for processing and investigation, if required. See IRM 220.127.116.11, RRA98 1203 Employee Responsibilities . b.. Allegations determined to contain no 1203 violations will be handled using administrative procedures. See IRM 18.104.22.168, Customer Complaints (Non- 1203 Violations). 22.214.171.124 (10-31-2004) Elements of Misconduct 1.. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights II defines three elements of misconduct: a.. An employee violated a law, regulation, or rule of conduct (these cases are worked and reported by Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). b.. An IRS system failed to function properly or within proper time frames (these cases are worked as Taxpayer Advocate Service cases). c.. An IRS employee treated a taxpayer inappropriately in the course of official business. For example, rudeness, over zealousness, excessive aggressiveness, discriminatory treatment, and intimidation. (These cases will be worked/handled by management within the employee's function.) 126.96.36.199 (10-31-2004) RRA98 1203 Employee Responsibilities 1.. Employee's should have a basic understanding of the conduct provisions of 1203 as outlined in Document 11043 (05/99), RRA98 1203 Procedural Handbook. You are also responsible for reporting allegations involving potential 1203 violations to your manager for forwarding to the appropriate officials. Depending on the nature of the allegations, these officials may be management or TIGTA. 2.. The employee's manager is required to completeForm 12217, 1203 Allegation Referral Form, Exhibit 13.1.15.-1 , and determine if the case should be referred to TIGTA or management. Except for EEO and tax related issues, allegations relating to all Executives, Senior Level Managers (paybanded and supervisory GS-15s) and Criminal Investigation Employees must be directly and immediately referred to TIGTA. Direct referrals may be made to the TIGTA hotline at 1 800 366 4484 or TDD/TTY Service at 1 800 877 8339. See IRWEB http://www.ustreas.gov/tigta/hotline.htm. 3.. The following types of employee misconduct cases require referral to your manager for 1203 consideration: a.. False statements under oath b.. Falsification of documents c.. Assault or battery d.. Misuse of IRC 6103 (Disclosure) e.. Threat of Audit f.. Seizure violations g.. Infringement of taxpayer's constitutional rights h.. Harassment/Retaliation i.. Discrimination j.. Failure to file k.. Understatement of liability. 188.8.131.52 (10-31-2004) Customer Complaints (Non- 1203 Allegations) 1.. Information regarding inappropriate behavior may be brought to you through internal sources, taxpayers or third parties. All cases alleging inappropriate conduct or handling by an IRS employee or IRS manager, must be referred to your manager. However, allegations relating to your manager should be referred to your manager's immediate manager. Obtain the taxpayer's name, address, telephone number and specifics of the alleged inappropriate behavior and or complaint. Also obtain the name, identification number, function and location of the IRS employee. Submit the information, as indicated above, to your manager for appropriate action. 2.. If the taxpayer alleges his/her rights have been violated and it is determined to meet Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) case criteria, initiate a TAS case and follow procedures as outlined in IRM 13.1.7, Taxpayer Advocate Case Procedures. 3.. Issues or concerns involving IRS policy, procedure, or practice may be referred to the Commissioner's Complaint Processing and Analysis Group (CCPAG). The group is also charged with referring ideas, compliments and suggestions to improve Service Operations. Send issues to IRS Commissioner's Complaint Processing and Analysis Group N:ADC:C, Room 6617, 1111 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20224 0002, or E-mail CCPAG at ccpag.irs.gov. See IRWEB http://ccpag.enterprise.irs.gov/. Exhibit 13.1.15-1 (10-31-2004) Form 12217, Section 1203 Allegation Referral Form This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Please click the link to view the image. This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Please click the link to view the image. Exhibit