Financial stress can be overwhelming. It can be scary. However, if you owe back taxes to the IRS, it is important not to threaten violence, or you could pay the price in criminal court.

Last month, a 61-year-old father of three with no criminal past was scheduled to appear in federal court on charges that he threatened IRS agents. The charges allegedly stem from an incident last November when the taxpayer called the IRS customer service line to dispute a charge. He reportedly threatened to kill any tax collectors that came to his home and specifically said, “How about if I tell ‘em to come and get it and I’ll wait here … and pick ‘em off as they come up the driveway?”

The taxpayer has reportedly accepted responsibility, and apologized, for his comments. His attorney allegedly claims that the comments were not made with any true threat of violence but because of his financial stress and frustration with the IRS. Federal prosecutors are recommending three years probation and no jail time for this particular tax payer, though the government has some reservations about the lack of jail time, since threatening an IRS agent is a serious offense.

If you are experiencing financial stress and/or frustration with the IRS, then our Oklahoma City tax lawyers encourage you not to engage directly with IRS agents and never to threaten violence. Instead, we encourage you to contact an experienced Oklahoma City tax attorney who can help you with your tax problems. For more information, please call us today at 800-721-7054 and please read our FREE book, The Ultimate Survival Guide for IRS Problems.

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