Meet the IRS…
Revenue Agents. They conduct audits. They determine if the tax return is correct. Agents have no collection power. They may request a meeting at your business, your home, or an IRS office.
Revenue Officers. They collect money. They carry a badge. They are authorized to levy wages, bank accounts, and personal property. The first contact with a revenue officer may be an unannounced visit to your home or office. However, you are under no legal obligation to allow them into your home or office. Their favorite targets are self-employed business owners, high income earners, and people caught not filing tax returns.
Offer Examiners and Offer Specialists. They review offers to settle tax debt. The offer examiners communicate with you or your tax professional in the process of determining whether to accept or reject your offer.
Appeals Personnel. They are the best and the brightest. Because the right of appeal is the most powerful tool available to the taxpayer, your appeal will go to an appeals office consisting of one or more groups of appeals officers, with each group being supervised by an appeals team manager. In my opinion, appeals personnel are among the most dedicated, most technically proficient individuals within the IRS. To be appeals officers, they must establish that they have (1) skill in interpersonal communication; (2) an ability to conduct tax appeals in an orderly, fair, and impartial manner; and (3) knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and Internal Revenue Manual in order to resolve a wide variety of tax issues. Appeals officers are usually senior revenue agents or revenue officers who have demonstrated an ability to resolve cases on an agreed basis.
IRS Special Agents. They put people in Jail. IRS Special Agents investigate tax fraud, non-filers, under-reported income, and concealed income. If you are under investigation, you will probably be the last to know. If you are contacted by a special agent, keep quiet and let your attorney to do the talking.
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