As the owner of New Life Tax Resolution, I represent taxpayers in Lake City and the rest of Florida who have civil and criminal tax issues. We have recently seen a disturbing trend in the number of IRS correspondance letters left unopened by new clients. Delay in opening these letters and then failure to act on them sacrifices your rights as a taxpayer. Each passing month, the number of options,and rights you have, decreases.
IRS notices and letters need to be opened. Some are informational but most require you to take action. By reading the letters they'll know what the IRS is doing. what the IRS is asking for, and when the client needs to seek help.
So what can a person do if they open the letter and don't understand what to do next? It depends on what the letter asks for.
If it is your first letter:
If the IRS is asking for information such as a missing document, or there is something in the 5 plus page letter that you don't understand, call them for clarification. The phone number for Automated Collection Service (ACS) is 1-800-829-3903. If a Revenue Officer (RO) contacted the taxpayer, call them at the phone number on the correspondance sent by them.
If several letters remain unopened:
The taxpayer has a growing tax problem with fewer options available. These letters can include an assessment of new tax, request for payment, notice of tax lien, or threat to levy. Take immediate action to avoid penalties, interest, or having your property seized. Being proactive, opening the letters, contacting my office, we begin working on a tax resolution for them to resolve the back tax balance, including Installment agreement, Offer-in-Compromise ("OIC"), or have their account placed in uncollectable status.
If you or someone you know has unopened tax letters or some other federal or state tax issue, please feel free to contact me at either (407) 287-6638 or by email @firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake City, Florida
Ph. (407) 287-6638
Fax (727) 270-8947