If you're a resident of Oklahoma who owes the IRS a significant back tax bill, you may be visited by an IRS revenue officer, who has been appointed by the government to investigate your case and collect your debt by any means necessary. It's not unusual for an IRS revenue officer to simply knock on your door and ask to come in for an interview, and it's also not unusual for a naïve taxpayer to comply with this request, on the mistaken belief that this will get him on the revenue officer's “good side” and forestall any trouble later on.

Unfortunately, this couldn't be further from the truth.

While it may well be the case that an IRS revenue officer will choose to be more lenient with a cooperative taxpayer, what he really wants to accomplish during a home interview is to get inside your residence and casually glance at any documents that you may have lying around (or just get a sense of how tastefully the interior is furnished, which will give him some clue about how much money you can cough up).

Most taxpayers are unaware of this fact, but it is perfectly legal, and even advisable, to refuse to admit an IRS revenue officer who has knocked on your front door. All you need to do is to thank the revenue officer for his time, and say that you have hired a lawyer to represent you who will soon be getting in touch. 

Unlike the police, IRS revenue officers don't have recourse to search warrants, and can't just barge into your home after flashing a badge.

Any questions? Call the experienced Oklahoma tax attorneys at Travis W. Watkins, PC (800-721-7054) for a free consultation!

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