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IRS Harassment

IRS Harassment

In our experience, most IRS agents perform their duties with professionalism and courtesy.  Most IRS agents appear to treat taxpayers with reasonable respect while attempting to do their job of collecting taxes on behalf of the government. However, due to the adversarial nature of the tax collection process and possible miscommunication between the taxpayer and the collector, egos and tempers may overshadow objectivity on both sides.

Of course, some agents may rush the process and advance straight to active enforcement. The agent must follow the minimum procedural safeguards provided by law. As devastating as levies and garnishments are to taxpayers, most enforcement is not personal. However, when your wages have been garnished, everything seems like harassment. The most common reason for involuntary enforcement:

  • Taxpayer ignored IRS’ letters
  • Taxpayer did not follow the deadlines set by the agent
  • The taxpayer thought that their accountant was “taking care” of the tax problem
  • The taxpayer thought that the problem is resolved (since IRS stopped sending letters)
  • The taxpayer does not understand what they need to do
  • The taxpayer does not understand taxes
  • The taxpayer refused to cooperate or was aggressive with the tax collector
  • The tax collector is tired of waiting for the taxpayer to reply
  • The IRS agent has a personal dislike towards that taxpayer
  • The collector is being pressured by the supervisor to advance the case

Our Approach To Dealing With IRS Collection Division:

Interview the taxpayer regarding alleged abusive methods by the agent;

Determine if the actions amount to harassment rather than aggressive but legal collections tactics;

Intervene and propose alternative collection strategy in lieu of enforced collection;

Once the enforced collection is under control, we move forward with long-term resolution of the tax problem through abatements, installment agreements or offer in compromise.

Related Topic: Back Taxes