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Hiring a Tax Lawyer to Deal with a Revenue Officer

Monday, November 7, 2011
People who owe large amounts of unpaid taxes often find out the Internal Revenue Service have several ways to collect money from taxpayers. Many people fear the due date when they need to pay and file their taxes. However, there are some that ignore or refuse to pay what the IRS tells them they owe. Those who ignore their taxes need to be careful, and to hire a tax lawyer to deal with the IRS Revenue Officer when they stop by unannounced. What is an IRS Revenue Officer The IRS will use an IRS Revenue Officer to collect payment of your unpaid taxes. They can show up at anytime, and they can come to your place of employment or home. The IRS Revenue Officer shows up when you ignore multiple notices and contacts from the IRS, and they want to collect payment of your unpaid taxes. When the person identifies him or herself as an IRS Revenue Officer, you need to contact a tax lawyer immediately. Do not talk to the person or give them any of your information until you are represented. An IRS Revenue Officer comes to your home because you owe a lot of money to the IRS. People who owe thousands of dollars to the IRS need to consult a tax attorney when the IRS comes knocking. The IRS Revenue Officer may not come alone, and he or she could have a legal assistant to help him or her with your case. These people are highly educated in the Federal tax codes and laws, and they will use it as their advantage if you do not have representation. The IRS Revenue Officer will ask you a lot of questions about your bank account(s), personal information, work history, etc. By hiring a tax lawyer, they know how to answer the questions the IRS asks, and what information to keep confidential to the IRS. The IRS Revenue Officer will come to your house to make a list of all your assets, including properties, cars, boats, stocks, bonds, and bank accounts. They want to know where your money is, so they can collect the amount you owe to the IRS. Your tax lawyer will work with the IRS Revenue Officer before they start this to hopefully figure out a settlement before they start writing down everything you own. The IRS is not going to be easy on people who are not represented, and will try to find everything possible to help satisfy your tax payments. Dealing with a Revenue Officer The best way to deal with a person from the IRS is to be nice, and not make a scene when they knock at your door. They will not go away without collecting assets or money to satisfy your unpaid taxes. A tax attorney will help you deal with the Revenue Officer, since they know the process that the Officer takes when they are investigating. Arguing with the Officer only makes it worse for you, and they will often be less favorable in settling your taxes. You can write down anything that the Revenue Officer writes down. Write anything down that the Officer says in case your tax attorney is not present, and call them immediately to relay what the IRS said. A tax lawyer will help you find a settlement with the IRS so you can stop worrying about the IRS seizing your assets. Helpful IRS References Search the IRS.gov website to read guidelines related to individual or business tax information. There are several ways to contact the IRS. You can look for IRS forms and publications, or search the Department of Labor for additional tax information. Google is a good reference when searching state tax laws. Search the Beverly Hills Bar Association.