Taxpayer-Standing Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Taxpayer standing doctrine is a legal principle which states that a taxpayer has no standing to sue the government for allegedly misspending the public's tax money unless the taxpayer can demonstrate a personal stake and show some direct injury. Most states in the U.S. have adopted this doctrine. The taxpayer standing doctrine allows a plaintiff to bring suit when he or she has a unique right that is being violated in a manner different from other taxpayers.