Dealing with an IRS revenue officer is a lot different from dealing with a nameless customer-service representative. In the latter case, the person you’re talking to is likely a low-level clock-puncher who can do little or nothing to retaliate against you if you treat her rudely (not that it’s ever a good idea to be rude to a customer-service representative, but most people have been guilty of this sin at one time or another). A revenue agent, on the other hand, isn’t a low-level employee of the IRS; as far as you’re concerned, this person is the IRS, and he can wield the full punitive powers of the government against you if you tick him off.
If your tax dispute with the IRS is serious enough that they have seen fit to assign you a revenue officer, the last thing you want to do is to get on that person’s bad side by yelling at him on the phone, calling him names, or ranting about his malicious intentions or callous behavior. What you need to do is hire an experienced tax attorney, who will aggressively and professionally go toe-to-toe with the revenue officer while not crossing the line that turns a financial dispute into a personal one.
IRS revenue officers come in all shapes and sizes; to use the popular expression, some are “good cops” and some are “bad cops.” And no matter what kind of “cop” you’ve been assigned, you should contact the law firm of Travis W. Watkins, PC at (800) 721-7054 for a free consultation.