I represent taxpayers in Gainesville and the state of Florida who have tax issues with the IRS and Florida Department of Revenue. To solve complex tax issues such as how a taxpayer can get caught up with back taxes, you eventually must deal with IRS employees. Here are my Golden Rules for dealing with the IRS:
- Do not ignore them. It’s highly unlikely that they will just go away and nobody likes feeling ignored.
- Do not lie to them. It’s a federal offense and could result in criminal charges..
- Do not expect them to work out the best deal possible for you. They represent the government’s interests, not the taxpayers.
- Do not expect to understand most of their decisions. Revenue officers and agents have bosses, caseloads, vacations, etc. that we are not privy to. Sometimes they will be easier to deal with than other times simply because they have too many open cases and must get some of them closed. Other times they don’t feel so pressed and are in a position to negotiate harder.
The first three rules you violate at your peril. The last one is a technique to avoid frustration. Afterall, you proposed a good deal for both the IRS and the taxpayer, What could they be thinking when they rejected it?
If you or someone you know has received a Notice of Intent to Levy or some other federal or state tax issue, please feel free to contact me at either (352) 317-5692 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cell (352) 317-5692
Office (352) 376-9401
Fax (352) 376-9440