Many people don’t realize how aggressive the IRS has become, or how they actually work in general. Yes, they will come to your house, but only after you have repeatedly ignored the letters that they have sent.
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They simply do not have the resources to send agents to your house unless your taxes are significant and they can’t reach you any other way. I did have an agent show up at a deceased client’s house after an offer in compromise was accepted and the death certificate was sent to the IRS!
The real problem there is that the various departments do not really communicate well with each other, so one department showed a huge balance being ignored while the other had accepted the offer. This type of situation is rare, however, so in general you should not have an agent at your house unless you are being audited or have tried to disappear.
Always be represented by a CPA or Attorney. The bottom line is that you are going to be emotionally involved in your tax situation and your representative will be detached.
Not that they don’t care about you, but detachment is necessary to get the job done and protect your interest. Getting emotional will get you nowhere when it comes to the IRS.
The IRS does call frequently. They work staggered shifts from early in the morning to late at night, so it’s not uncommon for them to call the client or the CPA at six in the morning or seven at night, which I find to be extremely inconvenient!
I had one particular agent that was impossible to get a hold of. She would call at six in the morning, or at 4:59 pm and then not answer the phone when I called back two minutes later. This went on for months and dragged the entire case I was working on out much longer than it needed to be.
Always call the supervisor when this happens, as most of the time they will handle the situation quickly.
The scam that has been going on lately involves a con artist calling as an IRS agent and telling the client that they owe tax and have to pay over the phone. If you owe tax, you will get a letter always from the IRS.
They do not email ever unless your situation is in a specific part of the IRS like the criminal investigation section, and then they are normally emailing your CPA or Attorney. No matter what part of the IRS you are in, they will NEVER get a payment over the phone.
So if someone is calling you asking for money, then hang up because they are not the IRS!
Overall Identity theft has caused the IRS to send out over $5 BILLION in refunds to the wrong person. This is very disturbing for our debt situation and the worst part is that the innocent party that goes to file has to wait up to a YEAR to get their refund.
This is happening because of a gap in the timing of when one can file and when the actual W2’s have to be sent from the employer to the IRS. As of this writing, we are unsure if the IRS is going to delay when people can file their taxes, or force business owners to file the final version of the W2’s with the IRS on an earlier date, so that the IRS can match up the taxpayer filings with the employer report.
One other solution would be that taxpayers with easy returns can file early but their refunds would be held until the IRS can confirm the W2. Due to the magnitude of the losses that the IRS has incurred, I do feel confident that they will come up with a solution, even if it does mean delayed refunds. Let’s hope so, for all our sakes.