On July 24, 2023, IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel announced the IRS would cease its decades-long practice of unannounced visits to taxpayer’s homes and places of business when attempting to collect unpaid taxes. In addition to concerns over the safety of IRS employees (noting a steep increase in threats to agency employees), the Commissioner shared concern over an increase in scammers impersonating IRS employees to extort money from unsuspecting taxpayers.
Moving forward, when a case is assigned, the Revenue Officer’s first contact with the taxpayer will be by letter requesting a telephone call to schedule an in-person meeting. So, if someone knocks on your door and introduces themselves as being from the IRS, know this is not, in fact, and actual IRS employee.
While the IRS has an intimidating reputation, know that if you owe back taxes, the IRS will work with you on a plan to repay the taxes without causing significant hardship to the taxpayer or their family. But it is always best to be proactive by contacting the IRS before a Revenue Officer is assigned.
If you owe the IRS back taxes, call one of the Denver tax attorneys at Anderson & Jahde to investigate options before your case gets assigned to a Revenue Officer.