The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

May 31, 2022, 10:45 AM | Updated: Sep 8, 2022, 4:22 pm

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This article about dealing with IRS Tax Harassment is sponsored by The Law Offices of Jordan Wilcox.

There are a few things you can do to deal with IRS tax harassment, but knowing what to do and when to do it can be tricky. When you receive letters from the IRS, it’s important to know what to do. Tax harassment is a common problem that taxpayers face. There are many ways to deal with it, and the best way to find out is to talk to an experienced tax lawyer. 

The consequences of not dealing with IRS tax harassment

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is known for being one of the most feared government agencies in the United States. This is in part because of their reputation for being aggressive in pursuing tax delinquencies. The consequences of not dealing with IRS tax harassment can be severe, including wage garnishment, liens against property, and even criminal prosecution.

However, there are strategies that taxpayers can use to mitigate and even avoid the consequences of IRS tax harassment. One of the most important is to stay calm and cooperative with the agent assigned to your case. Remember that they are just doing their job, and challenging them or becoming belligerent will only make things worse.

Another key strategy is to ensure that you are always up-to-date on your tax filings and payments.

Finding a reputable tax attorney

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Tax attorneys can help you resolve disputes with the IRS, and they can also help you file your taxes correctly. It is important to find a tax attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in dealing with the IRS. You should ask your friends and family for referrals, or you can search for attorneys online. When choosing a tax attorney, be sure to check their credentials and read reviews from past clients. 

Gathering evidence

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The IRS is responsible for collecting taxes and enforcing tax laws. However, the agency has been accused of engaging in harassment of taxpayers. Some taxpayers have reported that the IRS has called them numerous times a day, has shown up at their homes or places of business, and has even threatened them with jail time.

The IRS has denied these allegations, stating that it only contacts taxpayers when they have failed to respond to previous requests for information or when there is suspicion of tax evasion. The agency also claims that it does not harass taxpayers but rather tries to work with them to ensure that they are in compliance with tax laws.

However, some taxpayers maintain that the IRS has crossed the line and that the agency needs to be held accountable for its actions.

Negotiating with the IRS

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If you owe the IRS, they may be willing to work with you to set up a payment plan. However, the IRS is not always easy to work with. They may threaten to seize your assets or garnish your wages if you don’t pay what you owe. If you can’t afford to pay your taxes in full, try negotiating a payment plan with the IRS.

Be prepared to offer a reasonable payment plan that includes monthly payments that you can afford. The IRS will likely want at least some of the money owed paid upfront, so be prepared to make a larger down payment if possible. Keep in mind that the more reasonable your offer is, the more likely the IRS is to accept it.

If the IRS rejects your offer, try negotiating again or consider hiring an attorney who specializes in tax law to help you negotiate with the IRS. You might settle on an offer in compromise. An offer in compromise is an attempt to settle a tax debt, though the term is also used in cases where a borrower is attempting to settle a loan balance. Generally, the government accepts an offer in compromise when it doubts that it can collect the full amount of a tax liability from a taxpayer in a reasonable time.

Taking legal action

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First and foremost, know that taking legal action against the IRS can be a lengthy and expensive process. You’ll likely need the help of an experienced attorney, which means incurring even more costs. And if your case goes to trial, there’s no guarantee that you’ll win.

That said, there are some instances where taking legal action is your best option. For example, if the IRS is threatening to seize your property or assets, or if they’re harassing you with continuous phone calls and letters, then it’s probably worth speaking with an attorney. If you need help taking on the IRS, call The Law Offices of Jordan F. Wilcox, PC. They can help you get back on your feet and settle with the IRS.

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