IRS Agent Help
I have been contacted by an IRS agent – what do I do?
If you have been recently contacted by an IRS agent, or received a letter or CP Notice from the IRS, chances are you owe the IRS some money. Before answering the question of what to do, you first need to figure out what type of IRS agent has contacted you. That will help you determine what you need to do next, and whether or not to seek the help of tax professional.
The 5 most likely types of IRS employees to contact you
IRS Tax Examiner
Tax examiners mainly review filed tax returns for accuracy and determine common entries like whether tax credits and deductions are allowed by law. IRS tax examiners usually deal with the simplest tax returns like those filed by individual taxpayers or small businesses with few deductions. At the entry level, many tax examiners perform clerical duties, such as reviewing tax returns and entering them into a computer system for processing. If there is a problem, tax examiners may contact the taxpayer to resolve it.
IRS Tax Compliance Officer
IRS tax compliance officers (TCO) work mainly on less complicated tax returns and tax issues. Working within the compliance & examination division of the IRS, a TCO can either work locally out of a field office or help taxpayers nationwide through the automated collections system (ACS). Tax compliance officers do have more authority than a tax examiner, and do conduct audits for the IRS. In fact, chances are pretty good that if your tax return is audited through correspondence (by mail), that it is being done so by a tax compliance officer.
IRS Revenue Agent
IRS revenue agents specialize in tax-related accounting work for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Similar to a tax examiner or tax compliance officer, IRS revenue agents audit returns for accuracy. However, revenue agents handle much more complicated income, sales, and excise tax returns for businesses and large corporations.
IRS Revenue Officer
IRS revenue officers are highly trained collection specialist that deal with delinquent accounts. The process of collecting a delinquent account starts with the tax examiner or revenue agent sending a report to the taxpayer. If the taxpayer makes no effort to resolve the delinquent account, the case is then assigned to a revenue officer. They work out of a field office, and handle cases in their local area. A revenue officer is considered a field position in that the majority of their work is actually out in the field calling on the individual or business in question. Typically, an IRS revenue officer only works on cases that have not been resolved through the normal or initial collection efforts, and quite often are considered large dollar. To assist them in their collection efforts they have a number of powerful tools at the disposal such as; tax liens, levies, and wage garnishment.
IRS Special Agent
IRS Special Agents work within a special division of the Treasury department – called the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). These are not typical IRS revenue employees that handle errors on your tax return. They are highly trained, high ranking federal criminal investigators that work specifically on the criminal side to find and arrest taxpayers involved in criminal activity such as tax evasion and tax fraud.
If you are currently faced with an IRS Audit, or owe the IRS back taxes, you should think very strongly about consulting with a tax professional today. To speak directly with a tax advisor at our firm, call us at (888) 918-8121. The call is free, the consultation is free, and you are under no obligation to hire us.