IRS Revenue Officer Help

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You may have had a an IRS Revenue Officer show up either at your place of business or at your home. Your day has become a bad day. Why didn’t the IRS call first? Why did he show up at my business? This page explains some of the questions that you will likely have if a Revenue Officer contact you.

Why did the Revenue Officer showed up  in person

The Internal Revenue Manual requires that the Revenue Officer make the first contact in person. You can expect a Revenue Officer to show up, especially if you are a business owner and you owe business (payroll) taxes. If you are not home or at your place of employment, the Revenue Officer will leave his business card with someone at work or at your home.

Can a Revenue Officer arrest me

A Revenue Office is a field collection employee of the IRS. His job is to collect money from delinquent taxpayers.  A Revenue Officer can file tax liens against you; levy accounts;  subpoena records; garnish your wages; and go after your receivables if you own a business.

A Revenue Officer can not arrest you. However, a Revenue Officer can refer you case to the IRS Criminal Division (CID).  The IRS Criminal Division can arrest you. In most tax problem cases, referrals to the criminal division do not happen. If it does, you will contacted by a Revenue Agent.

Note: A Revenue Officer’s badge is plastic. If a person flashes a gold badge, this means that he is an agent from the IRS  criminal division.


Why you should likely hire a tax attorney

Most tax debt cases are handled through the Automated Collection Division (ACS) of the IRS.  If a Revenue Officer was assigned to your case, this means that the IRS thinks that your tax debt matter is one of high priority.

The most important reason that you should hire a tax attorney is because IRS Revenue Officers will likely require you to fill out a Collection Information Statement (433A or 433B). These are the forms that the Internal Revenue Service uses to determine your assets, income, and the amount that the IRS thinks that they think you can afford to pay each month.

Since you do not know your options and you are most likely nervous, a Revenue Officer may intimidate you and pressure you into entering into a payment plan that you cannot afford. You likely will not keep up with the payments on the installment agreement  or you will stop making your current estimated tax payments. You will likely default on the agreement and you likely lost your appeal rights given the deadlines. You will be in a worse position as your case will be assigned to a new Revenue Officer and you have a blemished record.

You have to understand that a Revenue Officer represents the best interests of the IRS, not yours. He will not advise you of whether you qualify for a tax debt settlement or whether the payment plan you just entered into is too high.

If you have been contacted by an IR Revenue Officer, contact a tax attorney  the Tax Problem Law Center today for a free office consultation.



Charles Rosselli, Esq.

Charles Rosselli, Esq., founder of the Tax Problem Law Center, is a New York tax attorney that focuses his tax law practice on helping individuals and businesses solve their IRS and NYS tax problems once and for all.

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