I am a Norman, Oklahoma business owner who has hit hard times. I have paid some, but not all, of the payroll taxes that were owed to the IRS. I need more time to pay the rest. Should I just ignore the IRS until I have the money to pay what is owed?

No. The IRS does not like to be ignored, and deciding not to communicate with the IRS can result in stiffer penalties, creating more trouble for you. Additionally, any money that you pay the IRS for payroll taxes that continues to come due will be applied to previous payroll taxes that weren’t paid and may cause you additional penalties.

Thus, it is not a good idea to ignore the IRS and create your own repayment plan without sharing the details of the plan with the IRS. That said, you may not want to keep talking to the IRS agent who is trying to get money out of you that you just don’t have.

There is a solution whereby you can negotiate a solution with the IRS and not have to continue talking directly with the IRS agent. You can hire a Norman tax attorney to help you through the process. A tax lawyer knows your rights and has experience negotiating with the IRS. Once the IRS has been informed that you are represented by an attorney, the IRS agent will communicate directly with the attorney and not directly with you.

For these reasons, it is important to contact an experienced Norman tax lawyer if you are behind on your payroll taxes. For more information, we encourage you to contact our Oklahoma tax lawyers today at 800-721-7054 and to read our FREE book, The Ultimate Survival Guide for IRS Problems.