The Internal Revenue Service exists for one reason, and one reason only: to enforce the nation’s federal tax laws. This includes bringing legal action against recalcitrant taxpayers, including both businesses and individuals. As a matter of policy, the IRS is not concerned with the effect its actions have on the overall state of the American economy. Even the deepest recession since the 1930’s hasn’t prevented it from collecting back tax debts using the full force of the law.

If this seems unfair and short-sighted to you, you have a lot in common with other struggling taxpayers in Oklahoma. However, the fact remains that the IRS is not responsible for fixing the economy; all it can do is act on legislation and decisions passed down by higher authorities in the government, such as the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court.

If the House and Senate negotiate a huge tax break for middle-class wage earners, and the President signs it into law, then the IRS will have no choice but to roll with the tide. Similarly, if the Supreme Court one day decides that payroll taxes are unconstitutional, the IRS will have to change its policies drastically.

The point is it is fairly useless to scold your IRS revenue officer for dragging you or your business to the brink of financial ruin. He is responsible for collecting your back tax debt, not for supporting your small business or helping to shore up the U.S. economy. A better strategy would be to hire an experienced tax expert to negotiate with the revenue officer and hammer out a mutually agreeable solution to your tax pickle.

For answers to your tricky tax questions, call the law firm of Travis W. Watkins, PC today (800-721-7054).

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