When the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) needs to contact an individual, they will likely send them a letter by mail or via email. However, there are some cases when the IRS will send a revenue officer – especially if you owe substantial tax debts. Our Rancho Cucamonga tax attorneys explain what you should do if an IRS agent arrives at your house.
An IRS Agent Showed Up at My House – Now What?
Whether you owe taxes or are being audited by the IRS, you should know what to do if an IRS revenue officer or special agent shows up at your place of business or residence.
It is important to note that a revenue officer’s job is to collect money from taxpayers who owe $5,000 or less. They will carry plastic ID badges and are not authorized to carry firearms. An IRS special agent investigates tax offenses and tax crimes. They carry gold badges and are often authorized to carry weapons.
If a revenue officer shows up at your house, you are not required to let them enter your residence or search your home. They are also not allowed to demand immediate payment with a debit card, cash, or wire transfer. What you should do is politely indicate that you will be getting representation to help you deal with your IRS-related problem. Their visit will typically be a formal warning to inform you about your tax issues.
If a special agent shows up at your home, it is possible that the visit will end with an arrest. If that occurs, it is best to protect your rights by not saying a word to the IRS officers and requesting to speak with an attorney.
Seeking Legal Guidance
If an IRS agent is conducting a personal visit, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Our team at The Blue Law Group has helped individuals and businesses throughout Southern California with their tax issues. We can investigate your case and work with you to help you get your tax issues resolved.
Contact our Los Angeles tax attorneys today at (909) 766-9996 to schedule a case review!