When it comes to dealing with the IRS, a lot of people are filled with fear. That’s understandable simply because the reputation that the IRS has made for itself certainly doesn’t lend to the agency being a particularly nice or friendly organization. Most people may even be so fearful of the agency that they don’t correspond with the IRS even when correspondence is necessary; or they may be so indignant towards the IRS that they just ignore the agency’s communication.

However, these strategies of procrastination and ignorance are only going to hurt you, the taxpayer, when the IRS requests correspondence with you. No matter how serious your tax situation is, it is imperative that you respond to the IRS in a timely and proper fashion. Otherwise, you risk making your situation worse.

It’s also important to realize that the days of an IRS agent — clad in a black suit and tie, with shades and a top hat to match — knocking on your door and having a discussion with you in your home are basically gone. Sure, there may be cases that require a one-on-one conversation, but for the most part, IRS correspondence these days is done by mail or e-mail.

Once you go down the road of correspondence, it is important for you to stay organized and to be mindful of all the details and requests the IRS makes. Know your rights and be aware of when — and how — you need to get in touch with the IRS next. Following the procedural steps when it comes to the IRS is crucial.

Source: Forbes, “Ten Facts About Fighting IRS Tax Bills,” Robert W. Wood, April 27, 2015


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