Why shouldn’t a US taxpayer contact the IRS directly? If you have received a “Letter of Notification” from the agency regarding an IRS audit or a collection action such as a Levy or Garnishment, the IRS has you in their sights. The IRS has a strategy to maximize the amount of funds they recover from you, and while the request may seem simple on its face, the intent behind it is not in your interest.
The IRS has one primary goal from any interaction with you:
Seek information FROM you that they will use AGAINST you to increase the amount of taxes you owe.
This is why it is so important to contact the experienced tax attorneys at Allen Barron for a free consultation at 866-631-3470. You must be careful about not only how you respond, but the quantity and quality of information you provide. It is also important to consider the fact that the IRS can compel any and all information you share with a CPA, accounting professional, tax preparer or financial advisor and use it against your own interests.
Allen Barron clients enjoy the protection of the “attorney-client privilege“, as well as the complete accounting and tax preparation services we provide. This “single source” approach allows us to carefully control the information that is actually available to the IRS, and to keep the IRS auditor or collection agent focused on the task at hand. It allows us to challenge them when they exceed their legal authority, or when they ask for information that is not appropriate for the issues at hand. This prevents “scope creep” so that your risk is not increased to prior year’s returns, and keeps all of your options open as we negotiate the best possible resolution for your matter.
Protect your own interests. Understand the nature of the IRS and all communications associated with responding to their correspondence.