Few experiences in life are as intimidating as learning that an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Revenue Officer has been assigned to your case. You are already overwhelmed by the thought of having to pay the outstanding taxes and the penalties that are accruing, and the stress of an IRS Officer looking to collect on the debt will significantly add to your worries. As with any issue, however, understanding how the process works can help you reach a satisfactory resolution to your case. Having an experienced tax attorney in your corner helps to ensure that you are handling your issue with the IRS in the best way possible.
Five Tips From Revenue Officers
Experienced IRS Revenue Officers encourage taxpayers to understand the following tips:
- You catch more flies with honey. While the duty of a Revenue Officer is to investigate the nature of a taxpayer’s delinquency and collect any balances or unfiled tax returns that are due, human nature also plays a factor in the outcome of a case. Revenue Officers have more authority and autonomy than other IRS personnel do. Taxpayers who are cooperative with the IRS often have cases that are closed more quickly than those who are difficult to work with.
- Cooperating with the IRS does not mean that you have to agree with their findings. As previously stated, cooperating with the IRS can lead to a quicker resolution of your case. However, this does not mean that you must agree with everything that the Revenue Officer says. Respectful disagreement can still be seen as cooperative.
- Even the Revenue Officers agree that the supposedly basic taxpayer forms are too complex for most taxpayers. The process of taxpaying can be complex for many taxpayers. This is all the more reason why consulting with an experienced attorney is a wise decision if you are faced with tax-related issues.
- Some level of subjectivity may come into play when a Revenue Officer is trying to determine whether something is considered “tax avoidance” vs. “tax evasion.” Tax avoidance is permitted under our nation’s laws. Tax evasion, however, is a crime. The Internal Revenue Code and the Internal Revenue Manual define the distinction between these two activities. Ultimately, the Revenue Officer must decide whether certain “badges of fraud” exist in a particular case. If the Officer determines that these elements are present, he will gather evidence and submit the case to the IRS attorneys.
- IRS Revenue Officers are well trained and experienced. When working with a Revenue Officer, seeking assistance from an experienced attorney may level the playing field. Revenue Officers are typically well educated and have professional backgrounds. They may be former accountants, attorneys, tax preparers, or bookkeepers. In addition, Revenue Officers undergo continuous training to remain as current on tax legislation and internal policies and procedures as possible.
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