Most people do not know much about the IRS agents, until they come knocking on a taxpayer’s door. While most agents are professional, there are those who step beyond appropriate bounds and become abusive. It is then that a tax attorney should become involved to preserve and ensure your rights are being protected, but in order to identify the particular agents that are deserving of a complaint, it is important to know what a typical agent should be doing.
Revenue Agents, along with tax examiners and collectors, are employed to ensure that the tax money from businesses and citizens that is owed to the government is paid. The revenue agents, hired with a minimum educational requirement of bachelor’s degree, either spend their time in an office or out in the field visiting the homes and businesses of taxpayers. Their duties include: reviewing tax returns with complicated issues regarding businesses and large corporations, conducting field audits and investigations, and identifying taxes owed.
While most revenue agents conduct their jobs with professionalism, there are some agents who do not. There are a few key actions that the IRS considers harassment. First of all, if the revenue agent insists on being let into your home without an invitation, they are acting contrary to your rights. They also cannot attempt to collect from you at inconvenient times or locations. Late nights visits for intimidation purposes are not permitted. Threats of levies, levies or additional penalties not sanctioned by your particular case also cannot be made only to frighten you. An IRS agent must go through very specific channels to enact any such levy, lien, or further penalties. Finally, if an IRS agent promises to settle your debt immediately by taking a payment from you in person, they are not acting in accordance to their professional and governmental code. They cannot make a blanket decision without, once again, going through the proper channels.
If any of the above actions, or any other flagrant abuse of their position, is taken by an IRS agent, you have the right to contact an IRS tax attorney to assist you with your case and with lodging an IRS complaint.
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